Abbas Inaugurates Palestinian Embassy In Vatican, Meets Pope Francis

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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.

 

{Matzav.com}

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