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Iran presses for visa waiver from Iraq

Iranian authorities continue to pressure the Iraqi government into waiving its travel visa between the two countries.
An Iranian policeman checks the travel document of a pilgrim at the Mehran border point between Iran and Iraq.

BAGHDAD — During a meeting between Iranian ambassador in Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi and acting minister of health, Hani Iqabi on Jul 12, the latter announced that Iraq is planning to resume the travel of Iranians to Iraq. The travel has been banned after the pandemic. 

As the month of Muharram draws near and with thousands of Iranians expected to flock to the Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate the killing of Imam Hussein bin Ali, the Iraqi government is facing Iranian pressure to waive the visa requirement between the two countries.

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