Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas inaugurated the Palestinian Embassy in the Vatican and held a meeting with Pope Francis over the weekend, RT.com reports. Abbas said the embassy’s opening is a sign that “the Pope loves the Palestinian people and he loves peace.”
The embassy was inaugurated in Porta Angelica street in the Vatican, Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper reported. “This [the embassy] is a sign that the Pope loves the Palestinian people and he loves peace,” Abbas said, the newspaper reported. Later Abbas and Pope Francis held a meeting behind closed doors which lasted 23 minutes.
“I met with His Holiness. The Vatican has fully recognized Palestine as an independent state, I hope that other states take their example from the Holy See,” Abbas later told journalists.