Saudi officials condemn any talk of attack on Shiite shrines

July 26, 2007 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Mohammad Hosseini, Iran’s ambassador to Riyadh held talks with the Saudi Culture and Information Minister Iyad Madani and Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ibn Naif on fatwas attributed to some Saudi muftis calling for the destruction of the holy Shiite shrines.

The two Saudi official said the attribution of such fatwas to Saudi ulema is surprising and as the Saudi government condemned attack on the al-Askari shrine in Samarra, north of Baghdad, it would also condemn such statements and consider it against the interest of the Islamic world. “We have repeatedly said that we strongly condemn any attack targeted against the holy Shiite and Sunni sites,” the Saudi officials stressed. “None of the official Saudi ulema and muftis have issued such a decree in regard to the desecration of the Shiite holy places,” the two officials explained