Athens should take a respectful policy towards the Muslim community in western Thrace on the issue of religious leaders, according to Greece's education, research, and religious affairs minister.

Speaking to the Greek Parliament's TV channel Vouli late Friday, Kostas Gavroglu spoke on the mufti religious leaders in western Thrace, home to a large Muslim population.

Gavroglu said that removing Islamic rules from family law and inheritance issues is part of the government's strategy on minorities. He added that mufti elections is one of the issues to be addressed and reworked.

He added that minorities were once subjected to "unacceptable laws" and for this reason many distrust the state.

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