Iran suspends pilgrimages to Saudi
TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran has suspended pilgrimages to the Muslim holy places until Saudi religious police end their „appalling behaviour“ towards Iranian Shiite pilgrims, an official told AFP on Sunday.
„The reason for the suspension is because the way the agents of the Saudi Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice have been dealing with our pilgrims,“ the head of public relations of the Iranian hajj and pilgrimage organisation Abdollah Nassiri said.
„The umra has been suspended and not halted,“ Nassiri added, referring to the so-called less pilgrimage that is carried out throughout the year unlike the annual hajj which was held most recently late last year.
„Our move is not political, it is religious,“ he said.