On the sidelines of the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj 2023), scheduled for April – June, Saudi Arabia will offer Mauritius a quota of 2,000 pilgrims, the equivalent of that in force before the Covid pandemic. This is stated by the Ambassador Plenipotentiary to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Showkutally Soodhun in an exclusive statement to Wazaa FM on Wednesday. An outcome that corrects the error made during Hajj 2022, during which Mauritius only obtained a quota of 1,000 “hajees.”
Ambassador Soodhun pointed out that this decision was communicated to him after a working meeting with the Saudi authorities responsible for the organization of Hajj 2023, yesterday Wednesday.
His interlocutor was Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Sulaiman Mashat, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, who was supported by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior, the organization responsible for transport domestic, and the Motawafound.
The Ambassador was informed by the Saudi government that this positive outcome follows the discussions he had initiated with it, supported by the Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth,
Showkutally also announced that from now on, any Mauritian passport holder, regardless of their place of residence in the world, can apply to the Mauritian Islamic Culture Center to be included in the Mauritian quota.
Ambassador Soodhun also said that Saudi Arabia is willing to increase the frequency of Saudi Airline flights to Mauritius.