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Iranian pilgrims say they are satisfied

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Iranian pilgrims returned to haj this year for the first time since a deadly crush in 2015, in what could be an important confidence-building measure for dialogue between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

President Hassan Rouhani suggested a trouble-free haj this year could help build confidence in other areas of dispute between Tehran and Riyadh.

So far, Iranian pilgrims say they are satisfied.

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This year, Iran issued its nearly 90,000 pilgrims blue electronic bracelets to help organizers trace and identify them.

Iranians clad in traditional white clothes and a distinctive red mark arrived in orange buses at their encampment in Mount Arafat and moved smoothly in all locations.

Pilgrims who spoke with Reuters, many with previous experience at the haj, say their facilities and treatment by the Saudi authorities are good and include air-conditioned tents.