More than 20 thousand disadvantaged non-Iranian first time pilgrims have received special services of Astan Quds Razavi (AQR) during the past year.
Announcing the above in a presser, Mohammad Ali Movahhedi Mohassel, the director of AQR Center for International Affairs said: "Thanks to the cultural approach the AQR Center for International Affairs has adopted for rendering services to the non-Iranian first time pilgrims, we have provided a program package to help non-Iranian educated groups such as students of seminary schools, university students, athletes, teachers, craftspeople as well as economic and cultural activists to visit the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (AS) and enjoy special services of Astan Quds Razavi."
He added: "With respect to the extreme welcome of this support plan by the non-Iranian pilgrims, decisions were made for enriching the contents of these programs to help greater number of pilgrims enjoy the programmed content-based services. Also, Astan Quds Razavi has planned to make use of the capacities of these pilgrims in their countries of origin."
The director of AQR Center for International Affairs went on to say: "So far, 450 caravans of pilgrims have received these services. Pakistan, with 420 caravans, has marked the greatest number of pilgrims visiting the shrine city of Mashhad. In the meantime, pilgrimage-based programs have attracted many pilgrims from India, Afghanistan and Iraq, who have also visited the Holy Shrine and enjoyed our special services."
According to Movahhedi Mohassel, the major emphasis of Astan Quds Razavi is on rendering services to disadvantaged non-Iranian pilgrims. To that end, since March 2019, AQR has supplied food and accommodations for 136 disadvantaged pilgrims from Indonesia, Georgia and Bahrain.
The Center for International Affairs of Astan Quds Razavi, the body in charge of the administration of Holy Shrine affairs, has embarked on establishing relations with cultural centers in five continents since two years ago at an order by the general custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (AS).