Norway's integration minister, Sylvi Listhaug, said on Friday that the government will not pursue a national ban on niqabs and other face-covering garments.

Listhaug's statement was in response to an inquiry from the Labour Party's Jan Bøhler on whether the government intends to follow the integration recommendations from a committee of leading politicians, who among other things proposed a national ban on the niqab and burqa in schools and other learning institutions.

Before joining the government coalition, Listhaug's anti-immigration Progress Party (FRP) had called for a total ban on the face-covering garments worn by some Muslim women.

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