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Johnson Praises Muslims for Making Britain a ‘Success’

Johnson Praises Muslims for Making Britain a ‘Success’

Sunday, 11 August, 2019 - 14:15
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. AFP file photo
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lauded Muslims for making Britain a “success” in a message marking Eid al-Adha.

In the message, Johnson, who became Prime Minister in July, called on people to celebrate the contribution made by the UK’s estimated 3.3 million Muslims.

“The story of Eid al-Adha is one of sacrifice, about doing your duty and doing what’s right,” Johnson said in his statement.

“And that is something we see daily from Muslims right across the UK – men and women who, in all kinds of different ways, make such a huge contribution to modern British life.

“In business, in our public services, in culture and the media, at the highest levels of government and of course in England’s World Cup-winning cricket team, British Muslims are helping to make this country the success it is today.”

UK’s PM also praised the “extraordinary generosity” of Muslims, who traditionally celebrate by donating to charity and sharing meals with loved ones.

Johnson’s statement comes amid controversy over his previous remarks about Muslims.

He compared women who wear veils to “letterboxes” last year, but later apologized.

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