The prince, Turki al- Faisal, on Sunday in Saudi Arabia rejected the notion of sharing the management of the yearly Hajj pilgrimage amid calls from Iran, with other Muslim nations for an unaffiliated body to manage Hajj.
The senior member of the Saudi royal family, who’s now chairman of the Riyadh-based King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, spoke to The Associated Press as the Kingdom has been facing criticism after the passing of over 1,400 people during this year’s Hajj.
Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran, which lost the biggest number of pilgrims, attributed the Kingdom.
Human suffering must not be a tool for political shenanigans.
At least 1,480 pilgrims died in a stampede on September 24 down a narrow street, only outside Makkah. The death toll is founded on an AP count from official statements from 19 countries whose citizens died in the event. The death toll supplied by the Health Ministry in Saudi Arabia is 769.
The death toll in Iran is the highest announced by any country thus far. Egypt’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday said the death toll among Egyptians climbed with 64 still missing.