Iran investigates pilgrims' deportation from Saudi Arabia
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 1 / Trend D.Khatinoglu /
Iranian Foreign Ministery Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that Iran is investigating the "fake visas" case, which resulted in deporting 150 Iranian pilgrims from Saudi Arabia, IRNA reported.
Saudi Arabia reportedly deports 150 Iranian pilgrims from the holy city of Medina in the west of the kingdom, accusing them of traveling there by fake visas, Press TV reported.
The pilgrims asserted that their visas had been issued by the Saudi Consulate in the north-eastern Iranian city of Mashhad.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashqavi said on Monday that the country's Foreign Ministry negotiated with Saudi officials to resolve the issue.
Mehmanparast said that Iranian pilgrims should appeal to Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization for getting visa, but some have got visa by other ways.
About 97,000 Iranians are now on pilgrimage in Medina and the Muslims' holiest city of Mecca in the west of the kingdom.
"There is a network that issues fake visas," he said. "Pilgrims should only get visa from Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization."
More than 1.5 million Muslims have already arrived in Saudi Arabia on the pilgrimage, Saudi media reported on Monday.