NYC imam behind Ground Zero mosque says no meeting planned with Florida pastor

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NEW YORK (AP) — The imam leading an effort to build an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site says he has no plans to meet with a Florida pastor who had threatened to burn copies of the Quran.

But Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf says in the statement Friday that he is open to seeing anyone “seriously committed to pursuing peace.”

The Rev. Terry Jones has created outrage in the U.S. and around the world by threatening to have his small congregation burn the Muslim holy book.

He later said he wouldn’t follow through if he was able to meet Saturday with Rauf.