Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Friday came out in favor of a partial burqa ban on public television.
During a fierce national debate on Germany's laws regarding the usage of burqas, De Maiziere said that the full face veil "doesn't belong in our cosmopolitan country."
"We want to show our faces to each other and that is why we agree that we reject this -- the question is how we put this into law,” he said after a meeting with his conservative party regional counterparts.
“We agree that we reject the burqa, we agree that we want to introduce a legal requirement to show one’s face in places where it is necessary for our society’s coexistence – at the wheel, at public offices, at the registry office, in schools and universities, in the civil service, in court,” he added.
De Maiziere spoke out against a blanket ban which is favored by the hard right of Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Union bloc. He also indicated that outlawing the burqa under certain circumstances would be more likely to be approved in the parliament.
He has previously rejected a call for a burqa ban, saying: "We can't ban everything we reject, and I reject the wearing of the burqa."
The comments come nearly a month after Dar Al-Ifta’s Islamophobia Observatory warned against the radical right-wing in Germany using terrorist acts in Europe to promote anti-Islam and anti-immigrant sentiments to achieve political gains.
The observatory stated that of the four recent attacks in Germany, only one was proved to be carried out by ISIS.