November 15, The Iran Project – Iran’s Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danaeifar says managing more than 20 million Arbaeen pilgrims is a divine miracle, appreciating the Iraqi government and nation for their warm reception and hospitality.
Visiting Shalamcheh border crossing at Khuzestan province, Hassan Danaeifar discussed the pilgrims’ problems with the Iraqi border officials.
General Khayoun, the Iraqi official border, praised Iranian commanders and border officials for their efforts to facilitate cross-border traffic.
Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq also expressed satisfaction with the interaction and cooperation of the two countries’ border officials.
During the last two weeks, 480 thousand pilgrims have crossed Shalamcheh border to attend the mourning ceremonies marking Arbaeen.
Millions of Muslims from all countries, Iran in particular, head for Karbala each year to commemorate Arbaeen (or the end of the 40-day mourning period after the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (PBUH)).
Deputy Head of Basij General Ali Fazli said on October 6 that three entrances, namely Mehran, Chazabeh and Shalamche, have been marked for the purpose of pilgrims intending to cross Iran-Iraq borders to travel to the holy sites in Iraq.
He added that necessary measures have been adopted on Iranian borders for safe travel of Arba’een pilgrims.