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President Iohannis: The Muslim tradition – an irreplaceable contribution to Romania’s ethnic and religious diversity

President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday participated in the Iftar dinner, on which occasion he stated that capitalizing on the local, cultural or religious identities to build an ample national project means a powerful Romania.

‘In this equation, of the cultural diversity, Romania’s ethnic and religious minorities play their own part, based on the moral grounds of their social existence and through the bridges that are created between the people, communities and countries. Capitalizing on the local, cultural and religious identities to build an ample national project will make Romania powerful. And a strong country can secure a better life, much more opportunities and rights that are more respected by the authorities for each Romanian – European citizen. You belong here, in this Romania, in this project where you meet the majority, the other minorities and cults,’ Klaus Iohannis said according to Agerpres.

The head of the state also said that he regarded his participation in the Iftar dinner as something normal and necessary, a gesture through which the Romanian state can show its respect for the Muslim cult and community.

‘Personally, I am glad of this opportunity to meet with the representatives of a community that brings, together with the other minorities in Romania, an important value added to human development and the progress of collectivities,’ said Iohannis.

The Muslim community enjoys the full set of rights stipulated in the Constitution and also the support of the state, said the President.

‘Dobrogea as a region and Romania as a country are your ‘home’. The Muslim community enjoys, and not only in words, but through concrete facts, the full set of rights stipulated in the Constitution and also the support of the state. Your relationship with the other citizens of Romania, regardless of their mother tongue or their method of praying is – and I’m glad to quote a statement of the Mufti of the Muslim cult in Romania – is ‘one of brotherhood and fairness,’ the head of the state pointed out.

Klaus Iohannis also added that the citizens of the Muslim community in Romania share with the nation they belong to the same concerns and aspirations, among which the European project and the North-Atlantic commitment, given that the national projects are inextricably linked to the results of the implementation in politics, in a concrete manner, of the respect for the fundamental human values and rights, for the principles of the rule of law state.

‘In the beginning of the fasting month I wished your community to receive God’s blessing during this time and regain through Ramazan the strength of faith, the warmth of family, the power of forgiveness and the feeling of solidarity with the others around you. In the end, I want to say (…) to reiterate: your values and tradition represent an irreplaceable contribution to Romania’s ethnic and religious diversity, as well as to our building of a society that cultivates understanding, tolerance, dialogue and peace,’ concluded President Iohannis.

 

PM Ponta hails President Iohannis participating in Iftar dinner

 

Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Thursday labelled “a commendable gesture” the participation of President Klaus Iohannis in an Iftar dinner.

“A commendable and natural gesture from a president of a democratic country / I hope that this way can be washed a little the shame and confusion caused to our society by the irresponsible statements against the Muslim community promoted by expired politicians in need of attention and by the media campaigns of some tax evader journalists (who are even at present being endorsed by a Muslim businessman of Romania)!” Ponta wrote on Facebook.

President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday participated in an Iftar dinner on which occasion he said that capitalizing on the local, cultural or religious identities to build an ample national project means a powerful Romania.

He also said that the participation in this event is a normal and necessary gesture, through which the Romanian state voices its respect for the Muslim community and religion.

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