Banning Muslim women from wearing the burqa and niqab in public will not impinge on their rights to religious expression, the civil liberties minister has insisted.

"There are several thousands of Muslims in Malta, and many have been here for a long time, even generations," Helena Dalli told MaltaToday.

"The burka and the niqab are not garments that one would associate with this community, so a clearer ban on face coverings should carry no impact on the vast majority of Muslims in any way."

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