The proposal to build the Mashhad-Mecca highway through Karbala was raised in the recent Iran-Saudi talks and was welcomed by both sides.
This news was published by the news site “Arabi Post” based in Turkey, quoting informed sources in Iraq.
According to these sources, the proposal to build the Mashhad-Mecca highway through Karbala was presented by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Kazemi in the recent Iran-Saudi talks in Baghdad, and both sides welcomed it.
The route from Mashhad in northeastern Iran to the city of Mecca in western Saudi Arabia is more than 3300 km, which takes about 38 hours.
Currently, Iraqi pilgrims travel to Mecca by land in addition to the air route. The same trend applies to pilgrims from other countries, including Jordan and the countries south of the Persian Gulf.