PGCC accusations to deflect from Wahhabism links to terrorism

TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) – Iran’s FM spokesman said the repetitive and baseless allegations of the PGCC’s recent statement aims to deviate attentions from Wahhabism's links to terrorist acts in the past two decades.

Bahram Ghasemi, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, made the remark in reaction to the recent statement of Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) at the headquarters of the Kingdom’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, where the Ministerial Council accused Iran of having politicized Hajj pilgrimage.

“Imposing biased and one-sided views by an ostentatious state on restricted and closed-off diplomatic meetings is a failed and invalid tactic,” he said.

The Iranian diplomat went on to add, “Saudis cannot shirk responsibility for answering for the death of thousands of Hajj pilgrims by making such accusations and provocations.”

This year, Iran did not send any pilgrims to Hajj when the Saudi regime refused to guarantee the safety of the Iranians. Last year, Iran lost 465 of its nationals in Mina stampede during Hajj rituals in Mecca. Saudi Arabia has yet to take responsibility for its mismanagement and ineptitude, or pay compensations to the families of over 7,000 victims.  

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