Iranian Armenians enjoying same rights as other fellow countrymen: Religious leader

Tabriz, Jan 6, IRNA - Archbishop of Armenians in western Iran Grigor Chiftchian said that Iran's Armenians are living in an equal condition with their other fellow countrymen under the flag of the Islamic Republic.

“We should have necessary interaction and cooperation in line with the country’s progress,” Archbishop Chiftchian said while addressing a ceremony to celebrate birthday anniversary of the Jesus Christ (PBUH) in Saint Mary Church in the northwestern city of Tabriz, capital of East Azarbaijan Province.

The ceremony was attended by deputy governor general of Tabriz.

Archbishop Chiftchian welcomed provincial officials’ participation in the event.

Noting that the officials brought peace to the society through their services, Chiftchian said, “We as Armenians of the province are standing beside the people and officials and are a member of the entire establishment.”

“We all are brothers with Muslims and we are happy to see officials participating in our ceremonies,” the archbishop said.

Condemning recognition of the Holy Quds as the capital of the Zionist regime of Israel by the US president, the Armenian cleric said, “Jesus Christ (PBUH) was born in Palestine, in Jerusalem [Holy Quds] but the great Satan and global arrogance want to split up Palestine while Palestine, Jerusalem and Biet-ul-Moqaddas belong to all religions not to a special person or persons.”

On December 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump announced that Washington recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist regime.

The announcement triggered international anger.

Between 80,000 to 120,000 Armenians are living in various Iranian cities including Tehran, Tabriz, Orumiyeh [Urmia] and Isfahan.


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