May 13, 2016
Iran Is So Fed Up With Saudi Arabia, They’re Skipping Hajj
Iran’s relationship with Saudi Arabia has become so icy that Iran would rather skip the pilgrimage to Mecca – a religious duty and pillar of Islam – than have to work with Saudi Arabia. Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati said that the country would not be participating in this year’s hajj because negotiations over visas and transportation completely broke down between the two countries. Iran heavily criticized Saudi Arabia’s handling on the deadly stampede last year that left over 2,000 pilgrims dead, more than 400 of whom were Iranian. It will now be impossible for Iranians to visit Mecca this year.
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