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News number: 9203180504

13:10 | 2013-06-09

Foriegn Policy

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Iran, Vatican Keen to Deepen Bilateral Relations

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's new Ambassador to Vatican Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Taher Rabbani and World Catholic Leader Pope Francis in a meeting explored avenues for the further development of bilateral ties between the two countries, specially in parliamentary fields.



During the meeting in the Vatican on Saturday, Hojjatoleslam Rabbani and Pope Francis underlined the need for bolstering and reinvigorating mutual cooperation between Tehran and Vatican.

During the meeting, Rabbani pointed to the good relations between Iran and the Vatican, and expressed the hope that the bilateral ties between the two sides would further consolidate.

Rabbani also submitted his credentials as Iran's new ambassador to Vatican to Pope Francis during the meeting.

The Iranian envoy also said that the talks between Islam and Christianity provide a proper opportunity to review global problems and work out solutions to the exiting problems.

Pope Francis, for his part, underlined the concept of justice and said roots of cruel behavior and unfair acts are human selfishness.

Pope pointed to the teachings of Jesus Christ and said, "We are committed to uprooting injustice so that human beings can live with peace and prosperity."

The World Catholic Leader wished success for Iran's new ambassador to Vatican.

In February, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and the Vatican's outgoing Ambassador to Iran Archbishop Jean Paul Goble called for stronger relations between Tehran and the Vatican.

During the meeting here in Tehran on Sunday, Salehi pointed to the good relations between Iran and the Vatican, and expressed the hope that the bilateral ties between the two sides would further consolidate.

Salehi said talks between Islam and Christianity provide a proper opportunity to review global problems and work out solutions to the exiting problems.

Archbishop Goble, for his part, congratulated the 34th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and voiced the Vatican's determination to continue talks with Iran.