FIOE President: Great Opportunity for Openness and Mutual Respect in Danish Policy

04.10.2011

Mr Chakib Ben Makhlouf the president of FIOE sent a letter to Mrs. Helle Thorning-Schmidt the Leader of the Danish Social Democrats to congratulate her on winning the recent General Election. He noted that this will present a great opportunity to develop the political life in Denmark in a way that affirms the values of values of openness, pluralism, and mutual respect, and remedies any negative aspects that may have resulted from the political extremism and irresponsible media behaviour of the recent past.

He wrote in his letter: "We are pleased to tender our congratulations on your victory in the recent General Election, which indicates the vitality and renewal distinguishing political life in the Danish Kingdom, with its venerable democratic tradition."

The FIOE president addressed the Leader of the Danish Social Democrats on this occasion wishing her all success on their chosen path, for the good of Denmark and its people, and in serving Denmark’s European and international relations, so as to secure greater prosperity for the Danish people in their diverse constituents of women and men.

Mr Chakib Ben Makhlou wrote in his letter: "We are confident that this is an opportunity for Denmark, under your leadership, to witness rejuvenation of its political scene, emphasising the values of openness, pluralism, and mutual respect, and remedying any negative aspects that may have resulted from the political extremism and irresponsible media behaviour of the recent past."

This message shed some light on the fact that Denmark, throughout its history, was renowned for its openness to the world, its cordial and positive relations with Islamic countries, and its welcome for the budding Muslim presence on its soil. "It was indeed painful for us to see this relationship suffer at critical points over the last decade. Yet, our unwavering conviction was that such crises were no more than passing moments, and that the voices of extremism and incitement, whether in politics, media, or society, could not overwhelm the principles of harmony and peaceful coexistence. Today, we feel that our shared responsibilities compel us to support cooperation and understanding, more so than at any other time, and to stand firmly by those noble human values, which we all hold dear. We are confident that Muslims in Denmark and Europe, along with their partners in society and citizenship, will be sympathetic to any positive initiative, or constructive step, you take in this direction," the letter read.

The FIOE president renewed hope for the success of the coming Danish government, in securing further gains for the people of Denmark, in the present and for the future.

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