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US President Barack Obama says he supports the right of Muslims to build a cultural center near the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York City. But he would not comment on the "wisdom" of such a move.
Obama's comments came after his remarks at a White House event on Friday where he appeared to offer his backing for the construction of a center called Cordoba House.
If approved, it would be built near the site known as "Ground Zero" in lower Manhattan.
Obama says he was commenting very specifically on people's rights by saying Muslims had the same right to practice their religion. But Americans from both political parties, including many New Yorkers, oppose the project.
Many families of those killed in the attacks have mounted an emotional campaign to block it, calling the center provocative and a betrayal to the memory of the victims.