Tehran, Iran, May 23
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Islamic countries should seek a way to liberate the hajj from the Saudis, Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said.
"The Saudi rulers have repeatedly proven that they do not have the ability to secure the hajj pilgrimage," he said, the Mehr news agency reported May 23.
Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of failing to give assurance that Iranian pilgrims will be safe.
Iran lost about 2,000 souls in last year's hajj during a stampede. Tehran accuses the Saudi government of causing the casualty through mismanagement.
Tehran also says Saudi Arabia should issue visa for Iranian pilgrims inside the Iranian territory.
But Saudi Arabia closed its embassy in Iran over a public seizure that followed political disputes between the two Muslim countries earlier this year.