Iran, Iraq agree on special passports for Arbaeen pilgrimage

Iran’s Minister of Interior Ahmad Vahidi has said that the Iranian and Iraqi governments have agreed to process Iranian pilgrims visiting Iraq for the Arbaeen ceremony through special passports.

Vahidi made the remarks on Saturday at the end of his trip to the Iraqi borderline city of Badreh, where he met with his Iraqi counterpart.

Addressing Iranian and Iraqi reporters on the border, he said that Iranian pilgrims who have no passports can use special 5-year passports issued at a much cheaper price for the purpose of visiting holy shrines in Iraq during the Arbaeen gathering which marks the 40-day period since the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein (AS).  

The minister said seven border crossings between Iran and Iraq will be used for Arbaeen pilgrimage this year. 

Arbaeen is a national holiday in Iran, which marks the 40th day after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain (AS), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This year's Arbaeen falls on September 6. 

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