Caspian International News Agency– Today morning, Ayatollah Khamenei, meeting with the families of Mina and Masjid al-Haram martyrs, stated that the failure and incompetence of the House of Saud in this incident proved that they are unfit for guarding the two Holy Mosques. He stressed, “If they are truly blameless in this incident, they should let an Islamic-International investigating committee to closely investigate this issue.”
Ayatollah Khamenei, added, “The Mina incident and the death of thirsty Iranian pilgrims while worshiping God under the scorching sun, is a deeply tragic and unfortunate incident. Of course, this incident has various political, social, moral, and religious aspects which should not be forgotten.”
The Leader of Islamic Revolution said, “Last year, family’s receiving the news of their loved ones’ death, and the return of their bodies was extremely difficult; but facing this disaster, knowing the fact that these loved ones receive the mercy and blessings of God like the martyrs, can be a source of comfort.” Ayatollah Khamenei, referring to the death of nearly 7000 pilgrims in the Mina tragedy asked, “Why haven’t the countries and nations reacted to this horrific and unfortunate incident?”
He called the silence of nations and even scholars, political activists, intellectuals, and elites of the Islamic world in the face of the death of 7 thousand innocent pilgrims, the great disaster of the Islamic nation, and added, “Not being sensitive to issues such as the tragedy of Mina is a real disaster for the World of Islam.”
Ayatollah Khamenei continued his speech with an important question, “When a system fails to serve the God’s guest, which he also gets paid for, what guarantee is there that similar incidents won’t happen again?”
He noted that, “the failure and incompetence of the House of Saud in this incident proved that they are unfit for guarding the two Holy Mosques, and this fact should be promoted in the Muslim world. Ayatollah Khamenei believes that the other aspect of this incident was the deadly silence from those who claim human rights.
Ayatollah Khamenei stated that forming a fact-finding committee is one of the essential jobs of Islamic countries and the human rights activists, and added, “A year after that horrific incident, investigating the visual, auditory and written documents will reveal many facts from the incident. If the House of Saud is confident about its innocence, they should stop silencing people with money and let the fact-finding committee to closely investigate the issue.”
In another part of his speech, the Leader of Revolution called the supporters of the House of Saud accomplices in the crimes of this regime in the tragedy of Mina, and added, “The shameless Saudi regime, backed by US, audaciously stood against the Muslims, and is shedding blood in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Bahrain. Therefore, US and the other supporters of Riyadh are partners in the crimes of Saudis.”
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the fact that propaganda machines try to pretend that the Mina incident was an example of Sunnis and Shias or Arab and non-Arab conflicts. He added, “Supporters of the Saudi propaganda repeat this lie again and again, while most of these 7000 martyrs, and many Iranian martyrs were Sunni.”
At the end of his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei summoned different organizations such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Beseh, Hajj Organization, and the Foundation of Martyrs to fulfill their responsibilities regarding the Mina tragedy.
(Translating by Negar Lotfi)