The President's Office says President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed would depart on Monday morning for Makkah, Saudi Arabia, to perform the Hajj pilgrimage.

It said that the First Couple is traveling to Saudi Arabia on an unofficial visit.

Last night, President Solih bade farewell to the last batch of Hajj pilgrims traveling to Makkah to perform the Hajj pilgrimage this year. He met with 115 intending pilgrims at the Velana International Airport (VIA) and inquired about their wellbeing.

President Solih speaking with Hajj pilgrims from Maldives/ Photo: President's Office

Speaking with the intending pilgrims, the President advised them to follow the instructions of the officials accompanying them to avoid any incidents.

The President also assured them that the administration would keep a close eye on their situation during their pilgrimage. He also wished them a "Mabroor Hajj" and a safe journey.

The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Zahir, joined the President to see off the intending pilgrims. He is the Amir al-Hajj of the Maldives’ Hajj pilgrims for this year.