Local and National Muslim offices attended the opening of the first Muslim cemetery, to be created in the southern Italian region of Puglia. Notable persons including Mustafa Mansouri and Souad Sbai were planned to be in attendance, and the creation of the Muslim cemetery is considered to be an important breakthrough. “I believe such an initiative, among the first in the central south and definitely the first in Puglia, is the natural consequence of the Muslim community’s strong roots in the city of Gioia del Colle,” said the city’s mayor, Pietro Longo. Many are hoping that the establishment of the cemetery could also lead to the establishment of the first mosque in Puglia.

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