Mattarella against 'hateful exploitation' on Muslim holiday

Italian president speaks out in favor of respect for diversity

(ANSA) - Rome, July 17 - Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Friday encouraged "a constructive dialogue between religions" on the feast day of Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim celebration marking the end of Ramadan fasting.
    "I hope that today's event will be an opportunity to reiterate the rejection of every type of hateful exploitation, in respect for the values and ideals that have always guided Italy's actions," Mattarella said.
    He added that "the pluralism of worship and the rejection of all forms of discrimination based on religious affiliation are historic conquests guaranteed by our Constitution".


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