TEHRAN – An Iranian delegation will travel to Riyadh on Feb. 23 to resume talks on haj pilgrimage after a one year hiatus caused by the 2015 haj crush in Mina in which hundreds of Iranian nationals were killed.
TEHRAN - Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, stressed that 2016 was a bad year for Saudi Arabia and generally all members of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) but it brought chance and success to Iran.
TEHRAN - Indonesia's National Police Inspector-General Tito Karnavian has informed high-ranking officials in Jakarta that Saudi Arabia has been supporting the terrorist groups in the Southeast Asian country, one of the documents released by the Yemen Cyber Army after it hacked the Saudi foreign ministry in May disclosed.
TEHRAN – Iranian Parliament Vice-Speaker Ali Motahari said on Wednesday re-launching haj should be deferred until Saudi Arabia has paid restitution to the families of Iranians who lost their lives during a 2015 haj crush.
By staff and agency
Moscow’s ambassador to Riyadh has said that Russia is prepared to help defuse tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
TEHRAN – Iran said on Sunday election of Saudi Arabia to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council is politically motivated, citing crimes committed by the regime on, inter alia, women and children.
TEHRAN – The Iranian vice president has speculated that the U.S. Congress overturning of Obama’s veto on Wednesday of a bill that would allow families of the victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks sue Saudi Arabia may cost Riyadh $700 billion.
TEHRAN – Iran’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations has slammed Riyadh for its performance after the Mina crush in September last year in which 464 Iranian pilgrims were killed, Mehr reported.
TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said terrorists are not equipped or financed by angels, saying they are fed by “somewhere”.
TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has condemned airstrikes on civilians in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition, saying the international indifference to the atrocities and arm deals with the child killer regime have growingly emboldened the caliphate.
TEHRAN - Saeed Ohadi, the head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, has said that Iran has accepted no mediation on the Mina incident as well as on ties with Saudi Arabia.
Leader aide urges elevated ties with Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, amid reservations with Riyadh
TEHRAN – A senior advisor to the Supreme Leader on military affairs has urged elevated relations with the three Arab countries of Oman, Kuwait, and even Qatar amid reservations over already tense ties with Saudi Arabia.
TEHRAN – Reacting to a recent barrage of anti-Iranian remarks by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday lambasted the Saudi kingdom, calling it “the founding father of Daesh and al Qaedeh.”
By Hassan Lasjerdi
Tehran and Riyadh failed to clinch a deal on making arrangements favored by the two sides for Iranians to perform this year’s hajj.