Foreign Minister: Iran's goal is evasiveness in refusing to sign agreement and not enable its pilgrims to perform Hajj this year

الأحد 1437/8/22 هـ الموافق 2016/05/29 م واس
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Jeddah, Sha'ban 22, 1437, May 29, 2016, SPA -- Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir stressed that the talks, which took place today, with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, and the GCC foreign ministers, showed identical views to a large extent on a number of issues of concern to the region's security .
During a news conference after the joint ministerial meeting of foreign ministers of the GCC with the British Foreign Secretary, the minister said that Iran has isolated itself by launching ballistic missiles, and sent militias to several countries, including Syria and Iraq, stressing that what Iran is doing about interference in the internal affairs of neighboring countries is rejected and it is punished today as a result of its support for terrorism as it smuggled weapons to Bahrain and Yemen.
He pointed out that Iran is smuggling weapons to Bahrain and Yemen, and is thus guilty of violating international laws, and that Iran should change its policy, and its presence in Iraq is unacceptable, and it should not interfere in the affairs of the region, especially the state of Iraq.
He confirmed that Iran refused to sign the agreement organizing the Hajj affairs for this year due to claiming benefits outside the framework of the organization, and this is unacceptable, he said, "The Iranians returned to sign the agreement and they had requests for visas to be granted to the Iranians through the Internet, and it was done, and they demanded to transfer their pilgrims by Iran's national carrier, and they asked to have a representative, and the kingdom agreed on it, and this is evidence of the kingdom's keenness to facilitate the needs of the pilgrims, and enable them to perform their rituals; however, they refused to sign the agreement organizing the affairs of the pilgrims."
He pointed out that Iran's goal was evasiveness and not enable its pilgrims to perform the rituals, and that's too bad, stressing that the kingdom attaches great importance to the security of the pilgrims and Umrah performers, and does not prevent anyone from performing the Hajj or Umrah pointing out that the kingdom consults with more than 70 countries in order to coordinate and organize the affairs of Hajj and Umrah.
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