PUK President praised the Christians for their influential role in Iraq.
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) President Bafel Jalal Talabani said in a statement, "I congratulate my Christian brothers and sisters on Christmas Eve and wish you happiness and contentment."
Kurdistan region has a great history of unity and coexistence, and Christians as an indigenous community have played an influential role in deepening the spirit of reconciliation and tolerance, PUK President said.
Speaking of the significant role the Christians have played in bringing Iraqi communities together, President Talabani said, "it is why we celebrate this holiday with our Christian brothers and sisters, and we all hopefully move towards a more promising future."
Thousands of Christians across Iraq celebrate Christmas every year. Christians have lived in Iraq and the Kurdistan region for thousands of years.