The Iraqi ministry of foreign affairs commenced its annual preparations for the Arbainya ceremony (to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein) in the city of Karbala by opening 16 extra consulate offices all over Iran’s provinces (Ailam, Sosnkurd, Abadan, Karman, Sari, Yazid, Karaj, Tabriz, Rashit, Qum, Shiraz and Asfahan) and supplied them with specialized employees with consulate procedures from the ministry to accelerate issuing visas for pilgrims, where more than 2 million visas were issued for Iranian pilgrims last year during the Arbainya visit, and it is expected to have 3 million pilgrims this year. Worth mentioning that the visa will cost 40$ only.
All other Iraqi diplomatic and consulate missions abroad will continue facilitating granting visas for pilgrims, as well as assigning employees to the border crossing sites to avoid any troubles face the pilgrims.
Dr. Ahmed Mahgoob
The official spokesman of the ministry of foreign Affairs