German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has said that the German Islam Conference should redefine its role after participants complained about the conference's agenda.

De Maiziere said in an interview on Wednesday with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that he did not think the conference should be repeated after criticising the event. He said, instead of focusing on racism and Islamophobia, it should focus on security concerns and Islamist extremism.

De Maiziere said he will invite Islamic organizations for a pre-interview, to discuss their expectation from the conference. He stated "if we decide to display another conference, we don't need to title it as "Islam Conference." He added "We should discuss how we can get good outcome from the conference, not who is going to attend."

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