Malaysia-Saudi Arabia Foreign Ministers to discuss Hajj quota and umrah at HLSC

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PUTRAJAYA OCT.18: Malaysia and Saudi Arabia Foreign Ministers will discuss at the High Level Strategic Committee (HLSC) that has been formed via mutual agreement on the Hajj quota and Umrah if both are allowed to be performed before COVID-19 vaccine is discovered.

Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said, the discussion is to be held in view that Saudi Arabia is expected to relax its international border restrictions beginning 1st January 2021 and it implies that Hajj and Umrah may be permitted for international pilgrims with a pre-determined set of standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“Malaysia and Saudi Arabia agree that early discussions and planning through the HLSC is crucial so that both countries will be better prepared once any decision is made in the future,” said Hishammuddin in a statement here today.

He added HLSC will benefit both countries and Malaysia will provide the fullest cooperation to ensure that any outcome can be implemented to its fullest extent.

Hishammuddin said, HLSC will be chaired by HH Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah bin Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and himself.

The Foreign Minister said, through HLSC, both countries shall work closely together to ensure the economic recovery of both countries in light of the global economic downturn; to stabilize food security and reinvigorate disrupted supply chains between both countries and to assist the nationals of both countries who have faced impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

Earlier Hishammuddin said, His Majesty King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has consented to donate medical equipments to Malaysia to assist the Malaysian Government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Saudi Arabia is the single largest contributor of COVID-19 relief to Malaysia with the contribution of over 7 million units of medical equipment which has been channelled through King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre directly to the government of Malaysia.

He added with the formation of HLSC, the cooperation between both countries will be improved in various fields of mutual interest. –Malaysia World News

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