Heads of Hajj missions denounce Iran’s tirade

They said Iran's meddling in the affairs of the pilgrimage will only lead to rifts among the pilgrims

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A number of heads of Hajj missions from Arab and Islamic countries expressed their surprised over Iran's heated media campaign against Saudi Arabia over the recent stampede incident in Mina.

They considered Iran's attacks against the Kingdom as unwarranted and an aggression against all Muslims the world over.

The heads, who assembled here during a function held in their honor by the Muslim World League (MWL), said the Kingdom exerts all its efforts in the service of Islam and Muslims.

They said the Arab, Islamic and international position of Saudi Arabia will not be affected by Iran's false propaganda.

The heads of the missions expressed total support for Saudi Arbaia and said the negative statements made by some Iranian officials and Iran's hostile media campaign will not tarnish the Kingdom's efforts in providing excellent services to the pilgrims.

They said the giant expansion projects being implemented in the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites are enough proof of the Kingdom's determination to provide safety and security to the pilgrims enabling them to perform their Hajj rituals in peace, ease and comfort.

The mission heads strongly criticized Iran's intervention in Syria, Iraq and Yemen and warned that this meddling in the affairs of these countries will stoke the menace of sectarianism and disunite the Muslims.

They said Iran's meddling in the affairs of the pilgrimage will only lead to rifts among the pilgrims.

They also denounced Russia's military intervention in Syria considering it as a naked aggression against the Arab and Muslim blood.

The mission heads called on the world community to make strenuous efforts to end Russia's military presence in Syria.

The mission heads also denounced Israel's continued aggression undermining the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque and asked the United Nations to protect the Islamic sanctuaries in occupied Palestinian territories.

This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on Oct. 6, 2015.

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