Vatican newspaper praises Bush for visit to Muslim centre
L'Osservatore Romano has praised US President George W. Bush's visit to Washington's Islamic Centre on Monday.
A front page article in the edition dated yesterday quotes the presidential speech , praising Bush for his the solidarity and closeness to Muslims in America.
Bush asked the public to regard Arabs and Muslims living in the United States as American patriots, saying that intimidation and harassment of them "will not stand in America".
While reiterating his determination to hunt down and punish those responsible for the terrorist attacks on New York and near Washington DC, Bush added: The "face of terror is not the true faith of Islam."
L'Osservatore Romano also reported Yasser Arafat's willingness to be part of the international coalition against terrorism, requested by Bush.
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