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FM Zarif Congratulates Christians on Xmas, New Year

Congratulates Christians

FM Zarif Congratulates Christians on Xmas, New Year

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif extended greetings to all Christians, both in his country and across the globe, on the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ and the onset of the new Gregorian calendar year

In a tweet on Tuesday, Zarif expressed his felicitations over the auspicious birth anniversary of the prophet of friendship and brotherhood, Jesus Christ, describing Christmas as a “wondrous occasion”, and wishing a “joyous, peaceful holiday season” for all Christians

“Wishing my Christian compatriots, and all across our globe who are observing, a very Happy Christmas and a joyous, peaceful holiday season. The birth of Jesus Christ, prophet in Islam, is a wondrous occasion to celebrate,” the top Iranian diplomat wrote

Also on Tuesday, Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiyee extended his congratulations to all Christians in the country, wishing “the best wishes” for them

“I express felicitations on the birth of Jesus Christ, the messenger of peace and kindness,” Rabiyee said in a tweet in Persian. “These days, mankind more than ever before needs to revive the teachings of Abrahamic prophets. Wish my Christian compatriots the best wishes from God

Christians constitute less than one percent of the Iranian population. However, they are represented by three MPs at the Iranian Parliament

There are at least 600 churches and over 300,000 Christians in Iran, a predominantly Muslim country

Two years ago, Zarif had commemorated the occasion quoting verses from the Holy Quran

“The angels said, Mary, God gives you glad-tidings of a Word from Him whose name is Christ, Jesus, son of Mary; highly honored in this world and the next” Quran 3:45,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter message

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