Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan has no plans to visit Jewish leaders on a possible visit to Britain in the autumn.

The controversial black leader, who had a ban preventing him from entering the UK lifted this week, has made numerous anti-Semitic comments in the past and referred to white men as "vicious beasts".

He has said that his message on a British visit would be one of 'atonement, reconcilliation and responsibility' but there are at present no plans to meet the Jewish community.

Nation of Islam solicitor, Sadiq Khan, said: "At the moment no plans have been made for his itinerary. The purpose of his visit is to see his own followers."

Mr Khan did not rule out a possible meeting with Jewish leaders, pointing out that Mr Farrakhan 'has shared platforms with Jewish and Christian leaders in America'.

But a spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: "The Jewish community has never received any apologies for his obscene anti-Semitic comments. We will not share a platform with those that espouse racist views."

Mr Farrakhan is likely to visit areas of London such as Shepherds Bush, Hackney, Brixton and Tottenham where the Nation of Islam has 'study groups'.

August 1, 2001 15:52