The pastor planning to burn Qurans on the Sept. 11 anniversary said Thursday that he had called off the event after being given assurances that the Muslim group seeking to build an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site would move the project.
“We would consider that a sign from God,” the Rev. Terry Jones told reporters.
But sources close to the imam behind the New York mosque denied any deal had been struck.
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Jones insisted, however, that “I have his word that he will move the mosque to a different location.”
Jones also said he would travel to New York on Saturday to meet with officials of the mosque project.
President Barack Obama earlier implored Jones to call off his Quran-burning “stunt,” saying it would jeopardize U.S. troops abroad.
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