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Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Tuesday established a council for relations with the country's Muslims, an advisory body the government hopes will help the minority to better integrate.

The council, made up of academics and experts in Islamic culture and religion, will be tasked with coming up with proposals and recommendations on integration issues based on "respect and cooperation", the ministry said in a statement.

Alfano said he wanted "a community with all those who -- while from different countries, cultures, religions and traditions -- intend to contribute to the peaceful development and prosperity of our country, in full compliance with our laws and our Christian and humanistic tradition."


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