German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted during her speech at a Ramadan Iftar in Berlin that there is no doubt that Islam belongs in Germany and will remain so, according to media reports.
Taking part for the first time in an official Iftar at the presence of senior officials and clerics of different faiths and prominent figures in politics and society.
During the iftar hosted by Federal Integration member Aydan Ozoguz, Merkel said that other steps will be taken to form bonds with Muslim groups and those actions taken in the name of Islam; in particular violence has caused concern.
Merkel reiterated that it was not correct to hold suspicion against Muslims or to discriminate against them because of the actions of others.
The Chancellor also highlighted that the majority of Muslims in Germany were law-abiding citizens who abided by the constitution.
Merkel condemned violent acts against all places of worship saying, whether attacks took place in a "synagogue, a mosque or a church, all actions against places of worship, is considered an act of violence to us all".
This was the first time Angela Merkel has attended an iftar as German chancellor. German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert has also announced that Merkel is planning to host an iftar for the first time next year. Seibert said the iftar is expected to be held in the building of the Chancellery and will host representatives of Muslim civil society organizations in Germany. According to Seibert, the iftar will become an annual event.. Tags: #Germany #
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