The President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, participated in the “iftar” ceremony, the breaking of the daily Ramadan fast, at the Central Mosque of Lisbon, with the presence of dozens of Muslims. The Mayor of Lisbon, Carlos Moedas, was also present at the event – in the same way as in the previous year.
In his speech, Carlos Moedas spoke about inclusion: "We are all here together, celebrating together, we show that the Islamic community does not close in on itself, but that it is part of the city that is Lisbon, of a city where the Islamic presence is It's part of its nature. This is the oldest Islamic community on the Iberian Peninsula, and I'm extremely proud of that".
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa made a statement about peace: "The peace we wish for in our dear Portugal, always. The peace we also wish for in this city of Lisbon, also with this great mayor of Lisbon, also with this great Islamic community that it's in Portugal and it's very strong in Portugal and it's very strong in Lisbon".
The President of the Portuguese Republic also paid homage to the two victims of the attack on the Ismaili Center, which took place on March 28, and confided his desire to visit other centers of the Islamic community in the country.