Turkish President visits Mecca for ‘Umrah’ pilgrimage

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan performs Umrah pilgrimage during his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A view of Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, located in the center of the Masjid al Haram in Mecca is seen in this photograph.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan performed the Umrah pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca on Tuesday night during his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia.

Erdogan’s wife Emine Erdogan, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Economy Minister Mustafa Elitas and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak also accompanied the president during the Umrah.

The Umrah is known as a minor Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Unlike the major pilgrimage ‘’Hajj’’, Umrah can be performed at any time of the year and is not compulsory.

Before heading to Mecca for the pilgrimage, Erdogan arrived in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, along with a delegation to hold bilateral talks with the King Salman bin Abdul Aziz.

Erdogan is also expected to hold meetings in Jeddah and visit the tomb of Prophet Muhammad in Medina on Wednesday.

TRTWorld and agencies