A landmark agreement that will ensure Italian is spoken in Florence mosques was signed on Monday.

The ruling, signed by the mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, and the Izzedine Elzir, president of the Italian-Islamic Community, Uccoi, will push all Florence imams to deliver sermons in Italian during the most important weekly meeting in the Muslim church - the Friday prayer of Jummah.

It will also ensure that passages from the Koran are read out in Italian, not Arabic. It is hoped the milestone initiative will be rolled out across other Italian cities soon.

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