ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been scheduled to pay an official visit to neighboring Iran in the nearest future, sources said on Friday.
The Iraqi premier will arrive in Tehran on Sunday, 12 September, for a one-day visit where he will discuss regional security as well as economic relations between the two neighboring countries, Iraqi sources said.
Kadhimi, who has been invited by Iranian new President Ibrahim Raisi, is the first leader in the region to visit Tehran since the Iranian president has taken the office.
A statement by Kadhimi's office explained that the number of pilgrims who will be allowed to attend the Arbaeen pilgrimage later this month in the Shia shrine city of Karbala from Iran and other Gulf countries will be doubled.
Iraq's Higher Committee for Health and National Safety said in a statement on Sunday that 30,000 Iranian pilgrims and "10,000 pilgrims from Gulf countries, Arab countries and the rest of the world" will be allowed to attend the religious ceremonies.
Millions of pilgrims converge annually in the Iraqi cities of Najaf and Karbala on Arbaeen, which marks the 40th day after Ashura, the day Prophet Muhammad's grandson was killed in 680 AD.