Friday prayers leader voices caution on Saudi Hajj safety guarantees

Tehran, April 21, IRNA - Tehran's provisional Friday prayers leader has warned Iranian Hajj officials against trusting Saudi officials and the promises they have made on securing the safety of Iranian pilgrims during Hajj ceremonies.

The Saudi officials should accept the responsibility for all the hazards threatening the safety of the Iranian pilgrims and guarantee their security, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani said on Friday.

Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani also praised Iranian officials who are engaged in preparing the ground for sending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in the annual Hajj season.

But the Friday prayers leader remained to voice caution on the guarantees Riyadh has promised to secure the safety of Iranian pilgrims during Hajj rituals.

The wounds caused by the tragedy in Mina are yet to be healed, he said, referring to the Mina stampede during the 2015 Hajj pilgrimage that left hundreds dead, including many Iranian pilgrims.

Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani also said that in the absence of the security and safety of pilgrims, Hajj is not going to be mandatory for the Muslims.