Officials from Riyadh and Tehran have accused each other for the failure of reaching a deal on managing Iranian’s to attend this year’s Hajj to Mecca.
A statement from Saudi’s pilgrimage ministry said the Iranian government “will be responsible in front of Allah Almighty and its people for inability of the Iranian citizens to perform Hajj for this year”.
Iran’s are concerns lay with last years stampede that killed at least 460 Iranian pilgrims.
It added that the Saudi leadership “has stressed its categorical rejection to politicise Hajj rituals”.
The head of Iran’s organization of the Hajj, Saeed Ohadi, in speaking with Press TV emphasized that the “lack of a unified decision” by Saudi officials is causing the delay in the agreement.
Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi political analyst, told Al Jazeera that Iran’s decision to walk out of the two-day talks “was a surprise”.
“They have to answer to their own people,” Khashoggi said, adding that Saudi had made concessions for Iranian pilgrims.