Rafsanjani calls for formal inquiry into human tragedy in Saudi Arabia

Two painful incidents took place in Mecca this year which left a lot of pilgrims from several Islamic countries dead and hurt sentiments of Muslims, Rafsanjani said.

Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Saturday called for a formal inquiry into the deaths of 465 Iranian Hajj pilgrims in the Mina tragedy.

Speaking at a council session, Rafsanjani said that two painful events took place in Mecca this year which left a lot of pilgrims from several Islamic countries dead and hurt sentiments of all Muslims.

He recalled sufferings of the bereaved families and said that respective officials must help the families go through the hard time.

Rafsanjani said that the funeral procession for the victims must be held formally so that people can pay their last respects to the pilgrims died in the tragedy.

He said that the government tapped into an effective foreign policy to promote international and regional interactions and hoped that such a policy will serve the national interests.

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