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Mogherini: “Islam belongs in Europe”

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The European Union disagrees with the travel restrictions introduced last week by the U.S. President’s Executive Order and will remain open to all those with the right to international protection, EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini told the European Parliament at plenary session in Brussels 1/02/2017.

“As a good friend of the United States, I believe Europe has a duty to be clear – respectful and clear – whenever a disagreement arises, especially when it relates to our fundamental values,” the High Representative said. “And we certainly disagree with the Executive Order issued by the President of the United States on 27 January, as many in the U.S. seem to disagree too.”

Mogherini’s opinion did not surprise those acquainted with her views on political Islam, expressed without ambiguity in her speech on 24 of June 2015 at “Call to Europe V: Islam in Europe” conference. (Full text is here http://eeas.europa.eu/statements-eeas/docs/150624islamfepsdeliv.pdf)

“Islam holds a place in our Western societies. Islam belongs in Europe. It holds a place in Europe’s history, in our culture, in our food and – what matters most – in Europe’s present and future. Like it or not, this is the reality.”, – said Mogherini in her address word at ‘Islam in Europe’.

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