The Iranian government is waiting for the Iraqi government to lift visa restrictions between the two countries, the Iranian ambassador said on Saturday (December 24).
Iranian ambassador Hassan Hassan Danaeifar told Tasnim News Agency that the abolition of the visa would lead to more travel between both countries.
“We have submitted our request for the removal of visa requirements to the Iraqi government,” Danaeifar added, noting that Iran is waiting for the Iraqi side to respond to the request.
The Iranian diplomat also stated that Iraqi officials are open to the idea of lifting visa restrictions for citizens from both countries.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called for the lifting of visa restrictions between Iraq and Iran during a visit to Tehran last year.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also called for the removal of the visa between Tehran and Baghdad during a meeting with the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Salim al-Jabouri, in August.
Millions of Iranian pilgrims cross the Iraqi border to visit holy sites in the country every year.