Iran summons again Saudi chargé d'affaires over Hajj tragedy
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 30
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned Saudi chargé d'affaires for fourth time over the Hajj tragedy.
Ali Chegini, director general of consular affairs of Iranian Foreign Ministry, warned the Saudi official about any irresponsibility and indifference over identifying Iranians who were killed during the Hajj disaster and sending their bodies to the country, Iran's Fars news agency reported Sept. 30.
Chegini recalled Saudi Arabia's legal and traditional responsibilities against people who were there for Hajj rituals, saying that the Saudi government should at least beg the Islamic countries' pardon.
"Families of all the dead pilgrims want bodies of their relatives to be transferred to Iran rapidly and respectfully."
The Saudi official said that he would inform his government of Iran's viewpoints as soon as possible.
The Hajj stampede happened in Mina, a neighborhood of Mecca, last week while the pilgrims were taking part in the ritual of stoning the devil.
The death toll of the Iranian pilgrims has reached 239.
Edited by CN