Saudi Arabia, although insists that Hajj will not be affected by the instability shaking the region, according to AFP. Kingdom's interior minister, Prince Ahmad bin Abdul Aziz, according to Al Jazeera told reporters on past Saturday that 'those coming to Hajj are Muslims and Muslims would not hurt one another, especially not during Hajj". He added: "I don't expect pilgrims or the pilgrimage to be affected by what is taking place elsewhere, whether Syria or any other place," Such an act would have very bad effects and whoever tries to use Hajj for political aims will be sent back home."
In 1987, 402 people, including 275 Iranians had lost their lives after police tried to control a demonstration in the Muslim holy city. Earlier this month, a Saudi security chief had warned that country wouldn't tolerate any attempts to 'exploit the Hajj pilgrimage to stage political rallies', referring to Iranians indirectly.
But Prince Ahmad dispelled any such concerns. "We don't expect any unrest to be caused by Iranians. They have assured us that they are as concerned about the comfort of pilgrims as we are," he said.
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