Tehran, Iran, Sept. 30
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
A former Iranian lawmaker has said Saudi Arabia is going to be afflicted with numerous internal conflicts in the years to come.
The problems are going to be not only political, but economic as well, indicated by numerous princes and families related to the ruling power which are at odds with each other, Mehdi Sadeq told Trend Sept. 30.
He pointed out as a premonitory example that there have not been so much Hajj incidents in Saudi Arabia as in the past few years, especially under the current kingship.
These show that the central government has grown weak and found several rivals inside the country, Sadeq said.
Pointing to last week's deadly stampede in Mecca, the MP said in the few past decades Saudi Arabia has been hosting around the same number of pilgrims, but no year have there been incidents with so much fatality as that of this year's Hajj incidents.
He added that Iran should use all such opportunities to make Saudi weakness known to the world.
The Islamic Republic, as well as the Islamic countries, should investigate reasons for the Mecca incident, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Iran's supreme leader said the same day.
A stampede occurred in the Mina valley, outside the Saudi city of Mecca, where Muslims were performing the Hajj rites Sept. 25.
The majority of the dead as a result of the stampede are the citizens of African countries. Moreover, the number of Iranian pilgrims killed in the crush has reached 239.
Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned Saudi chargé d'affaires for fourth time on Sept. 30 over the Hajj tragedy.
Prosecutor General Ebrahim Raisi said September 28 that Iran would use all capacities to redeem the rights of those Iranians who suffered from the incident.
Also, Elham Aminzadeh, vice president for legal affairs, said that the case is legally pursuable and the Iranian government will do whatever possible to settle the case according to related agreements that exist between Tehran and Riyadh.
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