Iran supreme leader slams Saudi Arabia over stampede
Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed mismanagement by Saudi Arabian authorities for a deadly stampede that left more than 700 pilgrims dead, including at least 90 Iranians.
The country’s supreme leader declared three days of mourning to mark the tragedy in comments published by the state news agency IRNA.
“The government of Saudi Arabia must accept the huge responsibility for this catastrophe,” Khameini said of the incident, which also left at least 863 people injured.
Earlier, the deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian said Saudi’s envoy to Tehran would be summoned to the foreign ministry.