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EghtesadOnline: Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Thursday that no anti-security agent dares to approach Iranian borders thanks to the skillful and professional security forces of the country.

He made the remarks in Shalamche border point in Khuzestan province southwest of Iran where he went to visit the process of Iranian pilgrims crossing the border into Iraq to attend the Arabaeen mourning ceremony in that country, IRNA reported.

Arbaeen, falling on November 20 this year, is a Shia Muslim religious observance that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the third Imam of Shia Muslims. 

Each year, millions of pilgrims, mainly from Iraq and Iran, travel long routes on foot to Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) is located.

According to Alavi, security in Iran is higher than other countries in the region and one of the highest in the entire world.

The minister said that the process of shuttling pilgrims from Iranian borders into Iraq is better this year due to the measures made by experienced executive officials.

It is estimated that about one million pilgrims will enter Iraq from Shalamche border point this year.

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