Iran protests Saudi mismanagement to transfer Mina victims’ bodies

Iran foreign ministry

Saudi Arabia needs to take steps toward locating the missing people and treating the injured pilgrims, an Iranian Foreign Ministry official told the Saudi diplomat.

The Foreign Ministry summoned Saudi Arabia’s charge d’affaires in Tehran on Wednesday to protest at Riyadh’s mismanagement of the transfer of the Mina victims’ bodies.

The ministry summoned the Saudi official to express strong objection to Riyadh’s indifference to identification of missing pilgrims and sending the bodies of the victims to their countries.

Director General of the Consular Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry Ali Chegini recalled the legal responsibilities of Saudi Arabia and held Riyadh accountable for the deadly crush in Mina.

Chegini said that Saudi Arabia needs to take steps toward locating the missing people and treating the injured pilgrims.

He also called for Saudi authorities’ apology to the Iranian nation.

The Iranian official also warned about any delay in transferring the bodies of Iranian pilgrims.

None of Iranian families have agreed that the bodies of their loved ones be buried on Saudi soil and they have all called for the transfer of the bodies to Iran in a respectful way.

The Saudi official said that he would inform his country’s officials of Iran’s objection.

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