Updated: June 12, 2021 5:30:39 pm
The kingdom made the announcement Saturday on its state-run Saudi Press Agency.
It cited the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for making the decision.
In last year’s hajj, as few as 1,000 people already residing in Saudi Arabia were selected to take part in the hajj.
Two-thirds were foreign residents from among the 160 different nationalities that would have normally been represented at the hajj. One-third were Saudi security personnel and medical staff.
The hajj begins mid-July.
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