Iran closes southwestern border to Iraqi travelers

Iran closes southwestern border to Iraqi travelers... 18/12/2019 News

Keywords:#Abbasi, #Chazzabeh, #Foreign_Affairs, #IRNA, #Iran, #Iranian, #Iraq, #Iraqi, #Islamic, #Islamic_Republic, #Karbala, #Ministry_of_Foreign_Affairs,, #Najaf

TEHRAN – Iran has closed its southwestern Chazzabeh border crossing with Iraq to inbound travelers due to insecurity and unrest in the neighboring country.
“The ban on the entry of Iraqi citizens is enforced by two countries’ border crossings due to the continued insecurity in Iraq,” IRNA quoted Ahmad Sobhani, director of the border terminal, as saying on Sunday.
The official added that Iran has prohibited Iranian passengers and pilgrims from visiting Iraqi cities, particularly the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf, since two weeks ago for security reasons.
Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs late in October called on Iranians to postpone traveling to the neighboring country until further notice.
In a travel advisory issued on October 29, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged Iranian travelers and pilgrims to put off traveling to Iraq in the wake of escalation of anti-government protests in the country.
In July, Iran’s economic charge d’affaires in Najaf, Aref Abbasi, announced that the number of Iraqi nationals visiting Iran is gaining momentum this year as the Islamic Republic endeavors to boost its tourism revenues in the face of U.S. sanctions.
Some two million Iraqi nationals visited Iran during the first seven months of the past Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20), constituting Iran’s largest source of inbound passengers. In return, hundreds of thousands of Iranian pilgrims head for the holy Iraqi cities of Najaf and Karbala each year.
---Iran has closed its southwestern Chazzabeh border crossing with Iraq to inbound travelers due to insecurity and unrest in the neighboring country. ---

Read more from Source »

Related articles based on keyword density
Media Scam? Iran and America Join Hands in Waging “The Global War on T... 01/07/2014 Politics
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, June 21, 2014 Following the incursion of jihadist rebels of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS...View Details»

Hagel: US knows Iran, Russia aiding Iraq in fight against ISIS | TheHi... 11/07/2014 Politics
By Kristina Wong - 07/11/14 05:34 PM EDT Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that Iran and Russia were helping Iraq battle a Sunni extremist in...View Details»

BY MATTHEW LEE AND GEORGE JAHN ASSOCIATED PRESS VIENNA (AP) -- Still facing significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on...View Details»

Iran Plans Higher Fees for Riskier Oil Fields in New Accords Iran Plan... 25/02/2014 Economy
By Golnar Motevalli and Anthony DiPaola Feb 24, 2014 Iran will offer foreign partners incentives to find and pump more crude and natural gas and will...View Details»

Start of Operation Fath ol-Mobin ... 22/03/1982 History
Operation Fath-ol-Mobin (Persian: عملیات فتح‌المبین‎, a Quranic phrase meaning "Undeniable Victory" or "Manifest Victory") was a major Iranian militar...View Details»