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Wednesday, 10 August 2022 07:44 GMT

Croatia approves launching of Islamic center

(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Croatian Government approved on Saturday a request by the Muslim residents in the eastern city of Osijek to build an Islamic and cultural center.

The committee of the Islamic administration in the city attached to the request a detailed design of the center and the necessary guarantees for promoting tolerance and coexistence among the various communities in the region.

The request was first tabled to the municipal council of Osijek ten years ago but was approved only today based on guarantees for serving as a beacon of faith, culture and tolerance, said head of the construction committee of the center Enver Recica.

"The engineering design of the center, worked out by the technical committee, integrates the traditional Islamic oriental style with the European Andalusian one," Recica told KUNA by phone.

"The center, the fourth of its kind in the Balkan country, will cost up to three million euros to be collected through a fund-raising campaign which will start soon in the region and the sisterly countries," he added.

The first Islamic center in Croatia was built in Gunije in 1969, the second in Zagreb in 1987 and the third in Rijeka in May, 2013.

Recica voiced hope that the foundation stone of the center will be laid by the end of 2014, noting that the time of its construction depends on the contributions of benevolent donors.

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