Mal­tese Pa­tri­ots Move­ment wel­comes Mus­lim in­vi­ta­tion, but stip­u­lates con­di­tions

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Mal­tese Pa­tri­ots Move­ment yes­ter­day wel­comed an in­vi­ta­tion from the Malta Mus­lim Coun­cil to a din­ner at the coun­cil’s prayer meet­ing venue in Flo­ri­ana, but has laid out a num­ber of con­di­tions be­fore ac­cept­ing it.

In a state­ment, the move­ment said that be­fore any talks with the coun­cil, led by Bader Zeina, are opened, any places be­ing il­le­gally used for prayer gath­er­ings must be closed down.

The move­ment noted that the Mus­lim Coun­cil and Bader Zeina are not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the whole Mus­lim com­mu­nity and con­se­quently called for the in­clu­sion of Imam Mo­hammed El­sadi in any ne­go­ti­a­tions.

In its state­ment, signed by sec­re­tary-gen­eral Nor­man Sci­cluna, the move­ment said it felt that the divi­sion that ex­ists in the Mus­lim com­mu­nity needs to be reg­u­lated be­fore any progress can be made.

In­stead of a din­ner, the move­ment said a more for­mal meet­ing – in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the church – should be held to dis­cuss the way for­ward.

The move­ment noted that the num­ber of re­quests for places of prayer for Mus­lim is on the rise, which in­di­cates that the num­ber of Mus­lims in Malta is in­creas­ing rapidly. The ac­cep­tance of such re­quests is an open in­vi­ta­tion for these mi­nori­ties to re­main in Malta on a per­ma­nent ba­sis, the move­ment said.

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