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Islam is ‘part of Germany,’ says German president

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are pictured during the hand over ceremony of the certificate of appointment at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin on March 14, 2018. Angela Merkel, head of the Christian Democratic Party CDU starts her fourth term as German chancellor, capping months of political uncertainty as she bartered with her rivals of the SPD to help govern Europe's top economy in a "grand coalition". / AFP PHOTO / Stefanie LOOS (Photo credit should read STEFANIE LOOS/AFP/Getty Images)

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said he believes there is a place for Islam in Germany, Der Spiegel reported Tuesday.

His statement came in response to comments made by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer last week. The leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) claimed in an interview Islam “doesn’t belong to Germany” and unveiled plans to tighten the country’s immigration policies.

“Of course the Muslims living here do belong to Germany,” Seehofer later added. “My message is: Muslims need to live with us, not next to us or against us.”

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