Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, prime minister and chair of the Progressive Party, said in an interview on Bylgjan radio station yesterday that he had been clear in his position towards the building of a mosque in Reykjavík but that the media had chosen to overlook it, calling the debate "pathetic political game play."

Sigmundur said his political opponents had even been patronizing, "…like when chair of the Social Democrats [Árni Páll Árnason] starts talking to people like children, saying: 'it's understandable that people are afraid of what they don't understand, but I can explain it to you.' This is pathetic politics, of course."

On May 29, Sigmundur posted a statement on the issue on his Facebook page, writing: "I don't intend to get involved in the discussion on whether the City of Reykjavík should give religious associations free land or not."

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