The Swiss government is "very concerned" over a weekend referendum that declares the building of any new minarets in Switzerland illegal, Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said Tuesday.
Calmy-Rey said that limitations on the coexistence of different cultures and religions "also endangers our security, and that provocations risk inflaming extremism.
However, Calmy-Rey stressed that the ban was only on new minarets, not on new mosques, and said Swiss Muslims were well integrated into society. She said the decision would not change Swiss foreign policy and that the country would continue to maintain close relations with Muslim nations.
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