Over 1.5mn visas issued for Iran's Arbaeen pilgrims


 An Iranian official said here on Thursday that over 1.5million visas have so far been issued for pilgrims going to Iraq for Arbaeen rituals. 

Secretary of the Arbaeen Central Headquarters Majid Bababaei said that so far several offices have been established in Tehran, western province of Kermanshah, Ahvaz (southwestern province of Khuzestan) and Mashad (northeastern province of Khorasan-e Razavi). 

He added that the foreign pilgrims who are keen to attend Arbaeen rituals via Iranian border points should enter Iraq via Shalamche (southwestern province of Khouzestan) border checkpoint. 

Bababaei stressed that the Iranian pilgrims could enter Iraq through the Khosravi (western province of Kermanshah), Mehran (western province of Ilam), Shalamche and Chazabe (Khuzestan Province) border checkpoints to Iraq. 

He also warned Iranian pilgrims not to head to the Iraqi border without a visa. 

According to the Iranian officials, the number of Iranian pilgrims who are enthusiastic to attend the religious rituals of Arbaeen in Iraq would hit 2.5 million people this year. Last year two million Iranians took part in the event.


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