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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.

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