MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, spoke on state television as the Saudi civil defense service reported the deaths of 717 people and injuries to 863 people at the annual Hajj pilgrimage near the holy city of Mecca.
"We absolutely would not remain indifferent to Saudis’ irresponsible conduct and will summon their charge d'affaires to voice our strongest protests over sheer irresponsibility and mismanagement of affairs in Mina incident," the diplomat said as quoted by the Mehr news agency.
Reports allege 43 Iranian nationals were among those who died on the Eid al-Adha holiday.
The deadly stampede broke out on Thursday morning when two large crowds collided during a symbolic ritual of stoning the devil. Nearly 2 million people are thought to be attending the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia.