Saudi Arabia's king in bid to move mosque from 9/11 site
The king of Saudi Arabia is said to be considering buying an old medical centre in New York to move the controversial mosque project away from Ground Zero, writes Nick Allen.
A lawyer with links to the Saudi royal family is reported to have enquired about buying St Vincent's hospital in Manhattan.
King Abdullah's plan would not only quell protests over the site of the mosque but would save the financially beleaguered hospital, where many of the victims of the September 11 attacks were treated nine years ago. The hospital has been disused since it filed for bankruptcy in April.
King Abdullah (87), in New York recovering from back surgery, has said in the past that he would not get involved with the controversy over the proposed mosque near the site of the attacks on the World Trade Centre. (© Daily Telegraph, London)