Iran, Iraq discuss issues surrounding Muslim Shia annual rituals

Baghdad, Oct 1, IRNA – Iranian and Iraqi officials have met in the Iraqi border area of Zurbatiyah to discuss security, transportation and welfare affairs regarding the annual Shia rituals of Arbaeen.

Governor of Ilam province Qasem Soleimani Dashtaki, Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Badr, and Iran's Military Attaché in Iraq Mostafa Moradian attended the meeting in the busy port of entry from Iran just across the border from Mehran, Ilam, and discussed mutual considerations of Arbaeen rituals observed each year to mark the fortieth day after the martyrdom third Shia Imam Hossein (AS) in Ashura.

Moradian thanked the Iraqi party for the measures taken to guarantee security of the pilgrims in the previous years and said that any attempt related to drug-trafficking will face strict punishment.

Mohammad Badr for his part called both countries for holding the Arbaeen rituals gloriously, adding that the Joint Iran-Iraq Arbaeen Committee will provide the best services to the pilgrims.

He referred to Iraqi regulations against drug-trafficking, saying that smugglers and people without original visa will not be allowed to cross the border.

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