Iranian pilgrims will participate in this year’s annual Hajj, Saudi Arabia said on Friday, after an absence last year.

“The ministry of hajj and the Iranian organisation have completed all the necessary measures to ensure Iranian pilgrims perform Hajj 1438 according to the procedures followed by all Muslim countries,” the official Saudi Press Agency said.

For the first time in nearly three decades, Iran’s pilgrims — which would have numbered about 60,000 — did not attend the Hajj in 2016 after the two countries failed to agree on security and logistics.

Saudi Hajj ministry said on Friday that the kingdom welcomes “all pilgrims from all the different nationalities and backgrounds”.