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Iran summons Saudi envoy over teens’ harassment at Jeddah airport

7 April 2015 7:04

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Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Saudi chargé d’affaires in Tehran in protest over the alleged sexual harassment of two teenage Iranian pilgrims by Jeddah airport officials, an official says.

In the absence of the Saudi ambassador to Iran, the country’s chargé d’affaires was summoned to the Foreign Ministry last week, Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashqavi was quoted as saying on Monday.

Qashqavi also slammed the airport officials’ actions as a “heinous and inhumane crime.”

He added following the summoning, Saudi officials arrested the two suspects after carrying out investigations, and promised that appropriate measures would be adopted.

The airport officials reportedly separated the two Iranians from other members of their group, who were returning from their pilgrimage, and sexually assaulted them.

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