Nov 02, 2018 06:13 UTC
  • Iran’s envoy thanks Iraq for hosting Arba’een pilgrims

Iran’s ambassador to Iraq expressed gratitude to the Arab country for hosting over two million Iranian pilgrims during this year’s Arba’een mourning ceremony.

According to Tasnim news agency, in a message on behalf of the Iranian nation and government, Iraj Masjedi thanked Iraq’s people and government for “magnanimously hosting Iranian pilgrims and “holding the magnificent Arba’een ceremony”.

He added that it demonstrated the “unmatched unity between the two great nations”.

Millions of people from across the world, including more than two million Iranians, converged on the Iraqi holy city of Karbala Tuesday for the Day of Arba’een.

Arba’een, which is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, comes 40 days after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shias’ Imam and Grandson of Prophet Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny).

Each year, a huge crowd of Shias flock to Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (PBUH) is located, to perform mourning rites.

On Tuesday, Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri also expressed his gratitude to the people and government of Iraq for hosting Iranian pilgrims visiting the Arab country during the Arba’een mourning ceremony, and said the event has “opened the gate” for closer ties between the two nations.

“The opportunity provided by the presence of millions of Iranian pilgrims in Iraq has many financial and spiritual effects,” Jahangiri said at a meeting with the Governor General of Iraq’s Najaf Province, Sayyed Jawad al-Yaseri.

“The spiritual ceremonies and marches marking Arba’een have opened the gate for more mutual understanding and friendship between the two nations of Iran and Iraq,” he added.