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Updated December 18th, 2023 at 16:39 IST

Italy PM Sparks Controversy: Claims 'Compatibility Problem' Between Islam and Europe

Meloni stated that there was a "compatibility problem" between Islamic culture and the values and rights of European civilization.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Italy PM Georgia Meloni
Meloni stated that there was a "compatibility problem" between Islamic culture and the values and rights of European civilization. | Image:AP
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An undated video of Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni surfaced on social media, wherein she stated that there was a "compatibility problem" between Islamic culture and the values and rights of European civilization. The Italian Prime Minister spoke in Italian in the old video. The video emerged a day after her right-wing, ultra-conservative Brothers of Italy party organized an event in Rome on Saturday, attended by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Meloni criticises Saudi Arabia's Sharia law

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, one of the X users wrote, "I believe... there is a problem of compatibility between Islamic culture and the values ​​and rights of our civilization... Will not allow Sharia law to be implemented in Italy.... values ​​of our civilization are different!" With the tweet, there was a video of Italy's PM where she can be seen addressing a conference.  "It does not escape my mind that most of the Islamic cultural centres in Italy are financed by Saudi Arabia," Meloni added.

In the video, Meloni also criticized Saudi Arabia's rigid Sharia law, which criminalizes apostasy and homosexuality. Sharia law, commonly referred to as Islamic law, constitutes a set of principles and regulations rooted in the Quran and the Hadith, representing the foundational religious texts of Islam.

"Sharia means lapidation for adultery and the death penalty for apostasy and homosexuality. I believe that these issues should be raised, which does not mean generalizing on Islam. It means raising the problem that there is a process of Islamization in Europe that is very distant from the values of our civilization," she said.

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This came after Britain and Italy announced plans to jointly co-finance the journey home for migrants stranded in Tunisia on Saturday, according to statements from both countries, but did not specify the amount of money being provided.

"If we do not tackle this problem, the numbers will only grow. It will overwhelm our countries and our capacity to help those who actually need our help the most," said Rishi Sunak. Further, he added, "Making that deterrent credible will mean doing things differently, breaking from consensus. And both Giorgia and I are prepared to do that."

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The two leaders also met Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama to discuss migration.

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Published December 18th, 2023 at 16:39 IST

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