Pope Francis calls on Iran to bring peace back to the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA – A Vatican statement issued after the meeting spoke of the “relevant role Iran is called on to play” to find political solutions to the problems afflicting the Middle East.

Pope Francis earlier this week met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and asked Tehran to work with other Middle East states to promote peace and stop the spread of terrorism and arms trafficking in the region.

A Vatican statement issued after the meeting spoke of the “relevant role Iran is called on to play” to find political solutions to the problems afflicting the Middle East.

Rouhani and the pope spoke for 40 minutes in the pontiff’s private study in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace and then the president held talks with top Vatican diplomats.

The Vatican said the discussions in both cases included “the important role that Iran is called on to play, along with other countries in the region, to promote adequate political solutions to the problems that afflict the Middle East, combating the spread of terrorism and arms trafficking”.

An advocate for peace and diplomacy, Iran has been instrumental in promoting political solutions to ongoing conflicts in the region, where other powers have insisted to resort to violence.

 

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