Iran Summons Saudi Charge D’affaires for Third Time

Iran Summons Saudi Charge D’affaires for Third Time
Sat Sep 26, 2015 16:35:46

Iran summoned Saudi Arabian charge d’affaires to foreign ministry for the third time in the past three days.

On Saturday, the Saudi Arabian was asked to the foreign ministry to hear Iran’s suggestions to speed up process of identifying the Iranian pilgrims who have been missing in human tragedy caused by stampede in Mina on Thursday.

136 Iranian pilgrims were killed in the stampede in Mina.The pilgrims were on way to jamarāt to perform Hajj rituals. The Stoning of the Devil is part of the rituals in the holy city of Mecca.

Based on the latest announcement by the Saudi government, the overall number of wounded pilgrims in the human tragedy in Mina stood at 4,000.

Many world experts, political and religious officials believe mismanagement was the real cause for the human tragedy in this year's Hajj pilgrimage, including the fall of a huge crane, a fire disaster in a hotel, a fire which spread in the camp of the Egyptian pilgrims in Mina desert, and above all, the Mina stampede.

Foreign Ministry deputy for Arab and African, Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said the mishandling of the Hajj rituals by the Saudi officials has nothing to do with fate and destiny.

Talking to reporters here on Saturday, he advised the Saudi officials not to try to justify their own poor management skills in running the Hajj affairs as fate and destiny.

He said the refusal of Saudi officials to stand accountable in regards with the horrifying stampede incident in Mina on Thursday is “unacceptable”.

Under the present conditions we expect the Saudi officials to take urgent and speedy action to settle the issue of those pilgrims who have gone missing and also to transfer the bodies of the dead and facilitate the return of wounded pilgrims back home, he added.

He described the ongoing procedures in Saudi Arabia as “unsatisfactory” and urged the Saudi officials to act according to humanitarian and Islamic duties, instead of trying to make excuses for what happened.

Meanwhile, First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri held the Saudi government responsible for the Thursday stampede tragedy during hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. More than 2,000 pilgrims lost their lives with hundreds still missing.

On September 24, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei declared three days of national mourning following the deaths of several hundred Hajj pilgrims, including Iranians, in the holy city of Mecca.

'The Saudi government is required to accept its heavy responsibility in this bitter incident and meet its obligations in compliance with the rule of righteousness and fairness. Mismanagement and inadequate measures that were behind this tragedy should not be undermined,” the Leader said.

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