The Saudi Arabian foreign minister urges Iran not to play politics in blaming Saudi Arabia for the deadly stampede at Mecca. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met a number of foreign counterparts during bilateral meetings ahead of the United Nations General Assembly meeting later this week in New York. While posing for photographs with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, a reporter asked the minister to respond to claims by Iran that Saudi Arabia was responsible for the recent deaths of more than 700 Muslims during the the haj pilgrimage at Mecca. "I believe that the Iranians should know better than to try to make - play politics with a tragedy that has befallen people who were performing the most sacred religious duty, which is the pilgrimage," al-Jubeir said. "I would hope that the Iranian leaders would be more sensible and more thoughtful with regards to those who perished in this tragedy and wait until we see the results of the investigation." Kerry then offered condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the stampede. Kerry also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who is set to deliver a speech to the annual gathering of world leaders and take part in a Palestinian flag-raising event at the U.N., a move strongly opposed by Israel and the United States. The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a Palestinian resolution on September 10th authorising the flying of the flag at the U.N. headquarters, infuriating Israel with a move Palestinians described as a step toward U.N. membership. Kerry also met with the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades and with the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah.