JAKARTADAILY.ID – Indonesia and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement on the holding of the 1444 H/2023 M pilgrimage.
The agreement was signed on Tuesday, January 10, 2022, by the Minister of Religion Yaqut Cholil Qoumas together with the Minister of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia Tawfiq F. Al Rabiah in Jeddah.
On that occasion, the Minister of Religion also conveyed greetings from President Joko Widodo to His Majesty King Salman and Prince Muhammad Bin Salman. So far, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have maintained a very close relationship.
"Alhamdulillah, the 2023 Hajj mission has begun. Today I signed the Hajj agreement with the Saudi Minister of Hajj. Indonesia's haj quota for this year is 221,000 pilgrims," explained Yaqut Cholil Qoumas in a press release on Tuesday.
"The quota consists of 203,320 regular pilgrims and 17,680 special pilgrims. As for officers, this year we will get 4,200 quotas," he added.
In addition to quotas, this agreement also regulates the landing of aircraft in Jeddah and Medina, as well as several new policies related to Hajj pilgrimage services.
Yaqut said that in talks with the Saudi Hajj Minister, it was also agreed that there would be no age limit. As is known, because of the pandemic, the government of Saudi Arabia has limited the age of pilgrims. At that time, Saudi Arabia implemented the age requirement for 2022 pilgrims under 65 years.