Monday, 13 January, 2020

Afkham denies Saudi claims about Iran’s ex-ambassador to Lebanon

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said the former Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi used a regular passport for his Hajj trip. She made the remark in response to the claims by some Arab media

Afkham rejected the claims by some Arab media that Roknabadi travelled through non-official routes to Saudi Arabia under a fake name and said such remarks were hasty.

She said like all other Iranian pilgrims precise information about his passport is in possession of Saudi officials at the moment which removes any vague points about the way of his entry into Saudi Arabia territory.

Roknabadi’s passport was sealed with a Hajj visa and like all other Iranian pilgrims having gone missing in the Hajj incident on Thursday, his information too has been handed to Saudi officials, she added.

She dismissed all fake news about the diplomat as incorrect and said all this propaganda served particular purposes.

A Saudi Arabian news website on Monday claimed that the ‘Iranian diplomat may have entered Saudi under unknown identity.’

‘Saudi sources told Al Arabiya News that official records show that the name of the former Iranian ambassador to Beirut does not appear among this year’s pilgrims’.

If his presence during the pilgrimage is confirmed, that would mean that he has entered the country by “unknown manners,” possibly registering with a different name and description.’

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