S&D president Gianni Pittella appoints MEP Afzal Khan as personal representative to Muslim communities
Following today's ceremony which took place in the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella stated:
"With the nomination of Afzal Khan as my personal representative to Muslim communities, I would like to emphasise the importance we attach, as European Socialists and Democrats, to the integration of the Muslim communities in Europe. We will continue to work for an inclusive and tolerant European Union to tackle and prevent marginalisation, racism and radicalisation.
"We are all human beings with common aspirations and concerns living within the EU common framework of values and principles. Religion cannot be a division in Europe, but should be a symbol of Europe's diversity."
S&D MEP Afzal Khan said:
"Muslims have enriched this continent for centuries, and through their knowledge and hard work, have contributed to the rich mosaic that is Europe today. As our generation faces unprecedented security and co-existence challenges, it is the time to double efforts to tackle them through dialogue among our diverse communities. As a proud British and European Muslim, I look forward to serving as a bridge connecting and inspiring peoples and organizations.
"In the coming weeks and months, I am going to meet with leaders of Muslim communities from France, Germany, UK, Italy and Denmark, exploring ways to better work together to meet the common challenges of our generation."