The Education and Religious Affairs Ministry on Tuesday took another step toward establishing the capital's first official mosque, appointing a seven-member administrative council that is to oversee its operation.

The council will comprise two ministry officials, two City Hall representatives, two representatives of the capital's Muslim communities and a legal expert.

The body is to be headed by Constantinos Pittadakis, a senior official from the ministry's general secretariat for religious affairs.

Nelly Papachela, the capital's deputy mayor who is to sit on the council, said authorities were determined to ensure the mosque is a positive thing for the city and its Muslim residents.

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