The US pastor who threatened to burn Korans has arrived in New York as the country prepares to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Terry Jones may have changed his mind about destroying the Muslim holy book but he is still the centre of much media attention as he wants to meet the imam who heads a project to build an Islamic community and cultural centre near Ground Zero.
It remains unclear if and when talks will take place. At a vigil last night the imam said September 11 was not the date to debate the subject.
Talim Abdur-Rashid, Imam and director of Majlis Ash-Shura, said: “We were all attacked that day, and we all died that day, and we all responded that day. So when we look at the list of the people who lost their lives there are people named there whose names are of obvious Muslim origin.”
The plans for the Islamic centre have divided the city and thousands of demonstrators are expected to turn out for peaceful marches near Ground Zero today.
The rallies will follow the annual remembrance ceremony held for 9/11 victims.