Iran, Iraq Mulling over Re-Opening Khosravi Border Crossing

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said that Tehran and Baghdad are holding negotiations over re-opening Khosravi border crossing in Kermanshah province to further ease the passage of millions of pilgrims during this year’s Arbaeen.

In response to a question on reopening Khosravi border crossing during Arbaeen rites and rituals in this October, Rahmani Fazli said on Thursday, “In this regard, we have reached a preliminary agreement with Iraqi officials for reopening Khosravi border.”

He made the remarks on the sidelines of the 2nd International Conference of Arbaeen Activists.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Iranian and Iraqi interior ministries, “We have focused on reopening Khosravi border and for this purpose, Iraqi new interior minister is scheduled to visit Iran.”

The issue on “reopening Khosravi border” will be discussed with Iraqi interior minister upon his visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“All Iranian borders are strictly monitored in terms of security and services in a way that we do not have any problem in the field of security of borders of the country,” Rahmani Fazli reiterated.

Last month, Iranian and Iraqi ICT ministers, in a meeting in Tehran, agreed to increase communications capacities and remove concerns about rendering on-time services to Arbaeen pilgrims.

Around 2 million Iranians normally visit Iraq during the period, which coincides with the 40th day of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia imam whose shrine is in the holy city of Karbala, in central Iraq.






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