Foreign Minister: Iran's goal is evasiveness on Hajj this year
May 28, 2016
During a news conference after the joint ministerial meeting of foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) with the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir said that Iran has isolated itself by launching ballistic missiles, and sending militias to several countries, including Syria and Iraq, stressing that what Iran is doing about interference in the internal affairs of neighboring countries is rejected.
Minister Al-Jubeir also pointed out that Iran is smuggling weapons to Bahrain and Yemen, and is thus guilty of violating international laws. He confirmed that Iran refused to sign the agreement organizing the Hajj affairs for this year due to claiming benefits outside the framework of the organization, and this is unacceptable.
“The Iranians returned to sign the agreement and they had requests for visas to be granted to the Iranians through the Internet, and it was done, and they demanded to transfer their pilgrims by Iran's national carrier, and they asked to have a representative, and the kingdom agreed on it, and this is evidence of the Kingdom's keenness to facilitate the needs of the pilgrims, and enable them to perform their rituals; however, they refused to sign the agreement organizing the affairs of the pilgrims."
He pointed out that Iran's goal was evasiveness, stressing that the Kingdom attaches great importance to the security of the pilgrims, and does not prevent anyone from performing the Hajj or Umrah pointing out that the Kingdom consults with more than 70 countries in order to coordinate and organize pilgrim affairs.