The head of Iranian Parliament’s Culture Commission reports that China sells 500-billion toumans worth of rosaries and prayer stones to Iran.

Culture Commission member Nasrollah Pejmanfar told the Mehr News Agency on Wednesday September 17: “Why should our religious mementos and souvenirs market be taken over by China and cause difficulty for our domestic producers and manufacturers?”

The Mashhad representative in Parliament emphasized that China should be cut off from selling souvenirs in Mashhad and the market for these sales should remain in the hands of domestic manufacturers.

Mashhad is a pilgrim destination for Shia Muslims, and more than 25 million of them visit the Tomb of Imam Reza each year.