Iran, Iraq resolute on expansion of ties in all fields: President Raeisi
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi says despite what enemies of the two nations intend, Iran and Iraq will expand their relations at all levels with every passing day.
Raeisi made the remarks while speaking in a joint press conference with the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Tehran on Sunday.
“Despite what enemies want, relations between Iran and Iraq will expand every day... [because] development of bilateral relations can boost the role that Tehran and Baghdad play in regional and global relations, and will strengthen international relations as well,” Iran’s chief executive said.
Referring to the “good news” by the Iraqi premier about the waiver of travel visas for the two countries, Raeisi said despite special conditions that the two countries and the entire world are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kadhimi has promised to increase the number of Iranian pilgrims who want to head to the holy Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate Arba’een, the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shia Imam.
Last year, Iraq banned foreign pilgrims traveling to the country for Arba’een in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Every year on Arba’een, millions of people from around the world flock to Karbala. Large groups of mourners travel on foot toward the holy city to take part in the largest annual Islamic gathering on earth. The ceremony falls on September 27 this year.
Elsewhere in the presser, Raeisi said, “Iran and Iraq are determined to develop the rail corridor, which connects [Iran's southwestern city of] Shalamcheh to [Iraqi city of] Basra. This issue is to be resolve rapidly through follow-ups by relevant ministers in Iran and Iraq.”