Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 19
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
An Iranian official announced that the country's citizens have spent over 420 billion rials (about $15.8 million based on official rate of 26,500 rials per each USD) for reconstruction of holy shrines in Iraq during the past fiscal year (ended on March 21).
Qasem Sarajan, deputy head for Reconstruction Organization of Holy Shrines in Iraq said that the aid was in the form of cash money as well as gold, jewelery and goods, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Aug. 19.
The figure is doubled in comparison with the preceding year, he added.
Sarajan forecasted that over 700 billion rials of donations will be collected from Iranians for reconstruction of the shrines during the current fiscal year (March 21, 2014 to March 21, 2015).
Despite some problems, the organization implements several major development projects in the holy shrines, he said, adding "so far the Reconstruction Organization of Holy Shrines in Iraq has implemented 160 projects in Iraq."
It should be noted that the tombs of six Shia imams are located in Iraq's cities of Karbala, Kadhimayn, Najaf, and Samarra.