Iranian First VP commends Iraq for hosting Arba’een pilgrims
First Vice-President of Iran Eshaq Jahangiri expressed gratitude to Iraq for hosting more than 3 million Iranian pilgrims during the Arba’een season, describing the huge religious procession as a display of Muslim unity.
According to Tasnim news agency, in a meeting with Governor of the holy city of Najaf Luay al-Yassiry, the Iranian vice president praised Iraqi officials and religious authorities for hosting more than 3 million Iranian pilgrims in this year’s Arba’een season.
Jahangiri also thanked the Iraqi government and people for their hospitality, considering the flood of pilgrims visiting Iraq and the infrastructure shortages.
Highlighting the role of Arba’een procession in strengthening the bonds between Iran and Iraq, he added, “The presence of millions of devotees of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shias’ Imam, from different denominations, religions and countries in a short time span (in Iraq) is a display of the Islamic world’s friendship, solidarity and unity.”
The Iraqi governor, for his part, said the Arab country is proud to host the Arba’een pilgrims, particularly travelers from Iran, adding that the religious ceremony has played a big role in strengthening the ties between Baghdad and Tehran.
Arba’een, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, comes 40 days after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shias’ Imam.
Each year, a huge crowd of pilgrims flock to the Iraqi holy city of Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (PBUH) is located, to perform mourning rites.
Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has announced that around 3.5 million Iranians have travelled to Iraq during this year’s Arba’een season.