Merkel says Islam 'belongs to Germany' ahead of Dresden rally

January 12, 2015 5:16 PM

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Merkel says Islam 'belongs to Germany' ahead of Dresden rally

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel said on Monday Islam "belonged to Germany", in a clear repudiation of anti-immigration protesters gathering in Dresden and other cities.

A day after walking arm-in-arm with French President Francois Hollande at the front of a massive march in Paris to honor the victims of killings by Islamic militants, the chancellor received the Turkish prime minister and urged dialogue among religions.

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