Mina stampede inevitable fate – Iranian Minister of Health


JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Oct 1 (KUNA) — Iranian Minister of Health Hassan Hashimi lauded the Saudi response to the disastrous stampede in Mina, saying incident was an ultimate fate that is out of human control.

During his meeting with Saudi Minister of Health Eng. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih here late Wednesday, the Iranian minister expressed understanding of the difficult task undertaken by the Saudi authorities during the Hajj season and the dedication in caring for the pilgrims.

“The stampede was something out of people’s control and we surrender to the will of the Almighty Allah,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted Hashimi as saying.

On his part, the Saudi minister conveyed condolence of the Government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Iranian government and the families of the dead, asserting the Kingdom’s desire to cooperate with the Iranian government.

The two sides discussed bilateral relations, in addition to the medical situation of Iranian pilgrims, mechanism to transport those who died during the Mina stampede incident, in the 1st day of Eid Aladha and following up treatment of the injured in Saudi hospitals.

They agreed to transport the bodies of the dead Iranians who were identified as soon as possible and continue to communicate to identify the rest and take care of the situation of the injured. (end) nh.gb