“Saudi Arabia does not deserve to manage Hajj pilgrimages and organize the rituals,” highlighted President of Supreme Council of the World Forum for Proximity of the Islamic Schools of Thought and the member of Assembly of Expert, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
Beckoned to the deadly human crush which took place in Mina, near the Saudi city of Mecca, the religious cleric went on say the importance of probing into the cause of this incident and similar incidents in the same year’s Hajj rituals had been emphasized by Supreme Leader of Islamic Republic of Iran.
President of Supreme Council of the World Forum for Proximity of the Islamic Schools of Thought held Saudi officials accountable for occurrence of the tragedy lecturing their response to the deadly human crush which took place in Mina, near the Saudi city of Mecca. Needless to say, Thousands of lives were lost in the deadly 2015 crush during the Hajj rituals in Mina, which outraged Muslims around the globe, holding the Saudi government responsible.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Taskhiri criticized the Saudis for ignoring the absolute right of the Iranians to perform the Hajj rituals preventing Iranian citizens from attending this year’s Hajj pilgrimage.
Eight months after the last Hajj, Saudi Arabia has not published a report into the disaster yet.
Saudi delegation had revealed that it did not have the power to make the final decision on the disputed points, and other authorities in the Saudi government were dictating the terms.
Ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been tense ever since Tehran strongly condemned the kingdom’s execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in January.
Faced with an international outcry, Riyadh jumped on attacks on its two diplomatic missions in Iran by unruly protesters as a pretext to sever diplomatic relations with Tehran.