RIYADH, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that the required procedures for the participation of Iranian pilgrims in the upcoming Hajj season have been completed, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah highlighted in a statement that Saudi Arabia welcomes Muslims from all over the world, regardless of their nationalities.
In February, the ministry met with an Iranian delegation to discuss its citizens' Hajj to Mecca in 2017.
Iran boycotted the 2016 Hajj season over a series of rifts between the two countries.
In 2015 Hajj, Iranian pilgrims were among the killed in a stampede in Mina area.
In early 2016, angry Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi diplomatic mission in Tehran after Saudi Arabia executed 47 people, including Shiite cleric Nemer Baqar Al-Nemer, on terrorism charges.
In response, Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran later and banned its citizens from entry into the kingdom.