0703 GMT November 19, 2019
Speaking in a meeting in Iran’s western border province of Ilam on Tuesday, Masjedi hailed the recent reopening of the Khosravi border crossing and the removal of visa requirement for Iranians during the Arba’een, which marks the 40th day of the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam.
He further said Iraqi nationals will soon be allowed to enter Iran without visas for 65 days, according to IRNA.
Iran’s Deputy Interior Minister Hossein Zolfaqari said on Tuesday around 3.3 million pilgrims have so far left the country to take part in the Arba’een march.
Zolfaqari said in a meeting with Iraqi officials that the Islamic Republic is ready to send vehicles to help in the transportation of pilgrims to the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf.