FM Rejected Political Ambience Clouding Mina Tragedy

Fajar Nugraha    •    Selasa, 29 Sep 2015 16:41 WIB
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FM Rejected Political Ambience Clouding Mina Tragedy
Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, at the UN Headquarters in New York, September 29, 2015. (Photo: MTVN / Fajar Nugraha)

Metrotvnews.com, New York: The tragedy happening in Mina, Saudi Arabia, has totalled casualties up to 769 people. However, the latest development was directed towards political ambience.

From the 769 people killed in the stampede incident, most of them were Iranian hajj pilgrims.

Following the incident, Iran condemned Saudi Arabia, as they were considered to be incompetent in guarding the security. Meanwhile Saudi Arabia accused the Iranian hajj pilgrims of being indisciplined. International and local media then followed through to connect this tragedy with politics.

"That is why we do not want (political involvement). We do not want to go into a very political situation," said Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, at the UN Headquarters in New York, (9/29/2015) US time.

"So it is true we want to address the issue proportionally. We offer what we can do to help in identifying victims," she continued.

"We see that they (Saudi Arabia) does not know the cause just yet. Physically, it can be seen that they have been improving facilities year by year. Developments in Mecca is to give better service, as it was mentioned when the President met King (Salman) there," added the FM.

Minister Retno also stated that Indonesian government will not give assessment before the investigation is over. However, in a diplomacy of offering help is clearly a message, at least that was delivered by the Indonesian Representative Chief in the UN, Ambassador Desra Percaya.

Currently, the investigation process from Saudi Arabia is still not concluded. There were two investigations conducted by Saudi Arabia, first is the crane incident and the Mina Tragedy, which killed 769 people and injured 934 others.


(WIL)

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