Muslim pilgrims gather to pray at the Plain of Arafat during the annual pilgrimage, known as the hajj, near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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Talks between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia on this year's hajj pilgrimage have stalled because of a disagreement on how visas can be processed when no formal diplomatic relations exist.An Iranian delegation last week traveled to Saudi Arabia, which cut ties in January, for discussions on the pilgrimage to the Muslim holy places in the kingdom.The lack of a functioning Saudi embassy in Tehran -- both it and the kingdom's mission in Iran's second city Mashhad are closed -- means there are currently no visas being issued to Iranians.Ohadi said the foreign ministry had offered to provide "all means necessary" to help Saudi Arabia issue visas inside Iran but did not elaborate on how that could be done in the absence of an embassy or consulate.The Iranian delegation was expected back in Tehran later Tuesday.
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