Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs lauded the smooth process of e-Haj services as 180 Sri Lankan Haj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night.
“We were able to process all 4,000 Haj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, the minister, said.
He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.
The minister added that the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Haj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on 7 August.
The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.