21-09-2021 11:55 PM Jerusalem Timing

Iran, Saudi Discuss Hajj Safety after Stampede

Iran, Saudi Discuss Hajj Safety after Stampede

An Iranian delegation has held talks in Saudi Arabia about the safety of pilgrims after a deadly stampede at last year’s hajj, an official said on Friday.

HajjAn Iranian delegation has held talks in Saudi Arabia about the safety of pilgrims after a deadly stampede at last year's hajj, an official said on Friday.

It is the first dialogue between the rival powers since a diplomatic crisis erupted in January.

The head of the Iranian Hajj Organization, Said Ohadi, told Iranian state television that discussions over the pilgrims' welfare began on Thursday in Mecca.

"We asked that... the safety of Iranian pilgrims be ensured and that pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia only on Iranian aircraft," Ohadi was quoted as saying.

Iran and Saudi Arabia stand on opposing sides in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

The death of more than 2,000 foreign pilgrims, including 464 Iranians, in the stampede at last year's hajj in Saudi Arabia also caused a major spike in tensions.

So far, the Riyadh government has taken no action to compensate the families of Iranian victims, according to Ohadi.

It is worth noting that Riyadh severed diplomatic ties with Iran in January.