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Iran-Iraq common borders to be closed for four days: informed source

Tehran, Feb 10, IRNA - An informed source, referring to the new Iraq security plan and its restrictions on cross-border traffic, quoted Iraqi officials as saying the country's common borders with its neighboring countries, including Iran, will be closed for four days starting Saturday, and nobody can travel into and out of Iraq.

The source was speking to an IRNA reporter earlier today.

He said the country's common border with Iran will be re-opened four days later, that is, on Feb 12, and only at Shalamcheh, Mehran, Bashmaq and Hajj Omran border points. Other entry points will remain closed until futher notice, he added.

Given the Iraqi government's decision restricting cross-border traffic with its neighbors, including Iran, the flow of Iranian pilgrims will also be disrupted.

As a consequence of this new decision of the Iraqi government, pilgrims intending to visit holy sites in Iraq should, for the time being, postpone their plans unless they undertake their pilgrimages through official institutions as they could be blocked at the borders and refused entry.

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