Iran Protests Fingerprinting Pilgrims

A00905686.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iran has strongly protested the recent arbitrary act of the US forces on fingerprinting Iranian pilgrims and imposing restrictions on them.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini was quoted by press tv as saying on Thursday that restrictions imposed on Iranian pilgrims at Iran’s border crossings with Iraq should stop immediately.

“Travel by Iranian pilgrims to Iraq’s holy sites takes place in accordance with an agreement between the two countries and is fully coordinated by the two sides’ officials. There is no need for interference by others,” Hosseini said.

The move by the occupiers is aimed at damaging relations between the two neighboring countries, he added.

The spokesman of the Iranian diplomatic body stated that based on the agreement, the Iraqi government is responsible for settling any problems that might arise and preventing interference from the occupation forces.

He called for steps to find an immediate solution to the problem so the Iranian pilgrims would have the opportunity to travel to Iraq safely and free from any unwarranted trouble.

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