US funds restoration of global Islamic sites

WASHINGTON — The good-will tour of the Middle East by the imam behind the proposed mosque near the site of the World Trade Center in New York is just part of the US government's efforts to reach out to the Muslim world.
This year, the Obama administration will spend nearly $6 million to restore 63 historic and cultural sites, including mosques and minarets, in 55 nations.
Under a program established by Congress in 2001, the State Department will fund at least five projects in as many countries to the tune of $271,000.
Those include the 16th century Grand Mosque in Tongxin, China, and the 18th century Golden Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan.