King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, currently paying a State Visit to Britain, today (Friday) visited the Islamic Cultural Centre, and prayed on the site of the London Central Mosque.
London policeman - pan to Islamic Cultural Centre; King Faisal meets officials; King Faisal prays; King Faisal signs book and leaves.
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Background: King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, currently paying a State Visit to Britain, today (Friday) visited the Islamic Cultural Centre, and prayed on the site of the London Central Mosque. The mosque is due for construction as soon as planning permission is received.
King Faisal was accompanied on his visit by 10 ambassadors attached to the Islamic Embassy in London. Welcoming his majesty to the Cultural Centre was Dr. Omar Muntasser, Chairman of the Islamic centre, and Libyan Ambassador to London. The King also met the Imam appointed to the Central Mosque, Sheik Mohammed I. El Geryoushi.
After touring the Cultural Centre, King Faisal entered the temporary Mosque and prayed at the altar. The Mosque itself is still in the design stage, and awaits planning permission to begin building. At present only a plaque marks the official site, but once the plans are approved, the mosque will rise on the fringe of London's Regent's Park. It is being built by the traditional private contributions from Moslems around the world.
Later in the day the King was to attend a luncheon sponsored by the Arab Heads of Mission, and to take tea at the London Hilton with representatives of several of Britain's Moslem organisations.