Sources: Iranian diplomat may have entered Saudi under unknown identity

Abadi, who worked as the country’s ambassador in Beirut until last year, has been declared missing (Al Arabiya File)

Saudi sources told Al Arabiya News that official records show that the name of the former Iranian ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Abadi does not appear among this year’s pilgrims.

If his presence during the pilgrimage is confirmed, that would mean that he has entered the country by “unknown manners,” possibly registering with a different name and description.

He is feared to have died in the stampede during hajj last week that killed hundreds. Ghazanfar Abadi, who worked as the country’s ambassador in Beirut until last year, has been declared missing and is believed to have been at the pilgrimage to Makkah, Iran’s state TV said.

An Iranian state TV broadcast on Saturday said that two state TV reporters and a prominent political analyst were also missing after the stampede, which killed at least 769, according to the latest figures from Saudi health minister Khalid al-Falih, and injured hundreds more.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 13:56 - GMT 10:56
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