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Turin, 6 May (AKI) - Italian president Giorgio Napolitano is right to inaugurate the Turin book fair on Thursday to affirm Israel's right to exist, according to a senior official from one of Italy's Muslim groups.

"I express my complete solidarity with Italy's president of the republic, Giorgio Napolitano, on behalf of COREIS, and also with the Turin book fair's director, Ernesto Ferrero," Italian Islamic religious community vice-president Yahya Pallavicini told Adnkronos International (AKI).

COREIS mainly represents Italian converts to Islam.

Pallavicini's comments came after a prominent Muslim academic, Tariq Ramadan, criticised Napolitano's attendance at the opening of the Turin book fair.

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