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President Tsai posts Eid al-Fitr greetings online

2017/06/25 14:41:47

Taken from President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) Facebook page

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) posted a message on her Facebook page Sunday, sending greetings to the Muslim community, which is celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The post included a video that urged the public to also celebrate the Eid al-Fitr, which Tsai said was a significant holiday for Muslims around the world and a celebration of bonds among families and friends.

Tsai also thanked Muslim immigrant workers for their contribution to Taiwan's economy and said the Muslim culture had enriched Taiwanese society.

"Taiwan is a hospitable country," the president said in the video. "Taiwanese believe in a diverse culture and equality for all ethnic groups."

The government has also been working to create a more Muslim-friendly environment, for example by establishing a halal certification system, which identifies restaurants that serve food in compliance with Islamic dietary laws, Tsai said.

In addition, the government has been advocating the establishment of more Muslim prayer rooms in public places and the celebration of Muslim festivals, she said.

Taiwan is home to some 252,000 Indonesian workers, an absolute majority of whom are Muslims, according to data from the labor ministry.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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