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Germany's Muslim community has welcomed Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere's suggestion of recognizing Islamic holidays in the country.

Aiman Mazyek, who chairs the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, said such a move would enhance the integration of Muslim migrants.

De Maiziere, a senior minister from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat (CDU) party, told an election meeting in Lower Saxony this week he was open to having recognized Muslim public holidays.

"I am ready to discuss whether we can introduce a Muslim holiday," de Maiziere said, adding that Catholics or Protestants could celebrate their religious festivals in regions where they had a large population.


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