Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday, on behalf of the Jewish and Israeli people, thanked Pope Benedict XVI for reiterating that the Jewish people are not responsible for Jesus' death, Israel Radio reported Monday.

Lieberman said that the declaration could help to bring about peace in the world.

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Lieberman made the comments when he met in the Vatican with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State of the Holy See, and Archbishop Dominique Mambarti, Secretary for Relations with States.

The Pope made the comments in a new book released last week.

Lieberman also asked the Vatican to make its voice heard against the campaign of delegitimizing Israel that is being carried throughout the world.

The foreign minister expressed his appreciation of the balanced approach the Pope has expressed towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Lieberman also asked Vatican officials to speak against the Iranian threat.