Tunis/Tunisia — At present, we have no official communication from Saudi Arabia concerning the pilgrimage, said Thursday Minister of Religious Affairs Ahmed Adhoum.
He said he was waiting for a decision on the matter from the Saudi authorities.
In 2020, Saudi Arabia cancelled the Hajj for the first time in its history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press statement on the sidelines of the Prize distribution ceremony of the National Holy Quran Memorisation Competition, Ahmed Adhoum further noted that the state cannot start the procedures for organising the 2021 Hajj until the Saudi authorities provide official information on the pilgrimage.
"We have to wait for the decisions of the Saudi parties," he said. In case they decide to organise the 2021 Hajj, we will be ready and we will comply with the recommendations of the Saudi side, especially on the number of Tunisian pilgrims.
According to Reuters, Saudi Arabia would consider banning pilgrimage for foreigners for this 2021 Hajj season, for the second consecutive year. This decision would be taken to combat the spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants.
The National Holy Quran Memorisation Competition is organised by the National Holy Quran League.