Iran And Saudi Arabia Fail To Find Solution In Hajj Row
Officials in Tehran have blamed “obstacles raised by the Saudis” in revealing that Iranian citizens will not be able to travel to Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage due to begin on 9 September this year.
In response the Hajj Ministry in Riyadh claimed that Iran had failed to compromise after two days of meetings in which it tabled solutions to Iran’s ultimately “unacceptable” conditions.
Diplomatic relations were suspended between the two countries in January after Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a high-profile Shia cleric convicted of terrorism offences.
A statement from the Iranian Hajj Organisation said, “Saudi Arabia is opposing the absolute right of Iranians to go on the Hajj and is blocking the path leading to Allah.”