Jeddah airport offenders soon to be penalized

JEDDAH, Jun. 17 (MNA) – Saudi FM Adel Al-Jubeir has assured Iran that the Jeddah airport officials charged with sexually harassing two Iranian teenagers will be soon brought to justice.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian deputy FM Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, on the sidelines of an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the Yemen issue held on Tuesday in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

Al-Jubeir condemned the sexual assault on a two Iranian teenagers carried out by Saudi security officers at Jeddah Airport.

Following the harassment in April, Iran summoned the Saudi chargé d’affaires to ask Riyadh to expedite the measures taken in the process of punishing the accused.

President Hassan Rouhani also ordered the suspension of the Umrah hajj pilgrimage to Mecca until the perpetrators behind the sexual assault are brought to justice.

The Arab diplomat also stressed the need for dialogue between the two countries and called for cooperation on all sides for restoring security to the region.

Amir-Abdollahian, for his part, deemed positive the Saudi’s measures toward the airport staff offenders and stressed the need for halting wars in the region and promoting political procedures. .

The Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday to take part in high-level talks attended by senior officials from Muslim countries on the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

The extraordinary meeting, which was held on Tuesday in Jeddah, is based on a request by the deposed government of Yemen, the OIC said in a statement, adding that the gathering has the backing of the majority of its member states.

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