Puglia: First Muslim cemetery

Local and national Muslim officials on Saturday are expected to attend the opening of the first Muslim cemetery to be created in the southern Italian region of Puglia. Mustafa Mansouri, from the Moroccan Confederation in Italy and Italian MP and president of Italy's Association of Moroccan Women, Souad Sbai, will join representatives from Rome's Grand Mosque at the official inauguration.

The Islamic community of Gioia del Colle in the province of Bari believes the cemetery is an important breakthrough.

"I believe such an initiative, among the first in the central south and definitely the first in Puglia, is the natural consequence of the Muslim community's strong roots in the city of Gioia del Colle," the city's mayor, Pietro Longo, told Adnkronos International (AKI).

"It could also lead to the establishment of the first mosque in Puglia."

An agreement to build the cemetery was announced at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in October.

Source: AKI (English)

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