Saudi Arabia Dismisses Iran’s Complaints Over Hajj Stampede

The Iranians “should know better than to play politics with a tragedy”, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told reporters on Saturday.

Riyadh has ordered an investigation into the incident that killed 769 people on Thursday, during the annual hajj pilgrimage that draws millions of Muslim pilgrims from around the world.

The kingdom “will reveal the facts when they emerge. And we will not hold anything back. If mistakes were made, who made them will be held accountable,” Al-Jubeir said while meeting the US Secretary of State John Kerry in New York.

“And we will make sure that we will learn from this and we will make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” the minister added, urging Iranian leaders to wait for the investigation results.

Earlier on Saturday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called for an inquiry into the incident while addressing a UN development summit. Tehran also vowed international legal action against the Saudis over the deadly stampede.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    With the Muslim population skyrocketing and the faithful required to make the hajj at least once in a lifetime, the crowds in Mecca will only grow each year to an unmanageable, uncontrollable horde, and these stampedes will become more massive and deadlier.

  • Two nasty regimes fighting it out…

  • Frances

    Given the reports are saying the roads were closed so some high mucky-mucks could visit the King, I wonder which low level functionary is going to have to carry the can. The sane alternative would to have scheduled the visit for some other time, but can’t inconvenience our betters, can we.

  • Martin B

    “And we will make sure that we will learn from this and we will make sure that it doesn’t happen again”

    Yeah right, Achmed:

    September 24, 2015 769 pilgrims trampled to death
    January 12, 2006 346 pilgrims trampled to death
    February 1, 2004 251 pilgrims trampled to death
    February 11, 2003 14 pilgrims trampled to death
    March 5, 2001 35 pilgrims trampled to death
    April 9, 1998 118 pilgrims trampled to death
    May 23, 1994 270 pilgrims trampled to death
    July 2, 1990 1426 pilgrims trampled to death

    We’ve learned our lesson this time! Never again by the will of Allah!

  • terrence

    Check out this post at The Gateway Pundit – mooslimes doing their usual vile crap.

  • Minicapt

    Why will they insist on ignoring the will of Allah?


  • Hard Little Machine

    Go to war and exterminate one another. Please.