Majid Mirahmadi, deputy Interior Minister and head of Iran’s Arbaeen Headquarters, said that according to negotiations made between Tehran and Baghdad, the visa requirement for Iranian pilgrims will be removed during Arbaeen.
Speaking to reporters on the sideline of a meeting of the Headquarters, he said that the Iraqi interior minister is also set to visit Tehran in the near future.
Arbaeen comes 40 days after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (AS). This year’s Arbaeen falls on September 17.
Pointing to the probable hot weather conditions at the time of ritual, Mirahmadi said measures should be implemented to prevent pilgrims’ possible heat exhaustion including installing shades and establishing ice factories.
Each year, a huge crowd of Shias flock to Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) is located, to perform mourning rites.
The ritual had been limited in the past two years due to the Covid-19 outbreak.