Attention: news editors, ethnic media, interfaith media, social affairs and community writers
Monday, June 20 2016
The Islamic Council of Victoria takes this opportunity to express our appreciation and commendation to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for hosting the very first Australian PM’s Iftar, at Kirribilli House on Thursday 16th June 2016.
Over 70 Muslim leaders, a very wide representative spectrum, from all over the country were invited and joined in this very memorable event. The Prime Minister in speech emphatically highlighted that “we are the most successful and harmonious multicultural society in the world. Our multicultural success is at the heart of our national identity. It is intrinsic to our history and our character”
The PM commended the ICV saying “In March this year, I visited and participated in a roundtable meeting with Muslim youth leaders at the Islamic Council of Victoria. I was thrilled to meet such a talented and accomplished group of young Australians, I was inspired to hear about the extraordinary work that they’re doing in serving the broader community. At the ICV we committed together, to work together in partnership, to ensure we are a stronger and more united Australian family.”
It was a great opportunity for us all to be present and break the fast with representatives of our diverse and multicultural society. Such a pioneering event will go a long way to strengthen the ties and understandings amongst many to ensure we are a stronger and more united Australian family.
We thank the Prime Minister for his hospitality, words of encouragement and showing faith in the Australian Muslim community’s leadership. And to conclude with the PM’s closing words “our nation is built on a foundation of mutual respect, love and respect, for our fellow Australians and a love and respect for humanity”
For further information or media inquiries contact ICV media spokesperson Kuranda Seyit: 0412 318 045 / email@example.com
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