PM lauds Chris­tians and Mus­lims in Thrace

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Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras said yes­ter­day that the co­ex­is­tence of Chris­tians and Mus­lims in Thrace is cause for op­ti­mism in the face of new chal­lenges the world is faced with.

Tsipras made his re­marks dur­ing a visit with Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Costas Gavroglou to a state-run mu­sic school in Ko­mo­tini, north­east­ern Greece, which is at­tended by stu­dents of both faiths.“You are Chris­tians and Mus­lims at this school, and this con­sti­tutes a mes­sage of op­ti­mism that our co­ex­is­tence will re­main cre­ative,” he told stu­dents, ad­ding that “this is our country and this is our iden­tity, which has been em­bel­lished by con­tri­bu­tions from all sides, all re­li­gions and points of view.”

The school’s di­rec­tor struck a sim­i­lar note, vow­ing not to al­low na­tion­al­ism to rear its head in the re­gion, say­ing that some peo­ple were try­ing to poi­son re­la­tions be­tween Chris­tians and Mus­lims. “We will not per­mit na­tion­al­ism to have a foothold in our re­gion,” Ilias Ioan­nakis said.

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