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London mayor says he'll be voice of city, not just Muslims

Newly elected London's mayor Sadiq Khan speaks to the media and well wishers outside City Hall in London, on his first day as mayor, Monday May 9, 2016. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

Newly elected London's mayor Sadiq Khan speaks to the media and well wishers outside City Hall in London, on his first day as mayor, Monday May 9, 2016. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he wants to be the voice of the city — and not just labelled a spokesman for Muslims.

Khan told reporters Wednesday that he hopes to be the best mayor ever for London, a diverse city of Sikhs, Jews, Muslims, Christians, Hindus and others.

Khan says he recognizes that he has responsibility to remind people that Islam is compatible with Western liberal values. But he's clear that he speaks for many in the capital.

"I speak for London," he said.

Khan's faith recently made news in the U.S. presidential campaign. Donald Trump has suggested a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the country — though he would make an exception for Khan.

Khan says he's been surprised by Trump's ignorance.