Pope meets Iranian foreign minister at Vatican

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December 27, 2006 17:30

Pope Benedict XVI met on Wednesday with Iran's foreign minister and received a message from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Vatican said. The Vatican did not release details of the content of Ahmadinejad's letter, but Iran's state-run IRNA news agency said the note focused on Saturday's UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Tehran, in the standoff over Iran's nuclear program. Benedict and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met briefly after the Pope's general audience at the Vatican's Paul VI hall, the Vatican said. During the talks, the Pope "reaffirmed the role that the Holy See intends to carry out for world peace, not as a political authority but as a religious and moral one... so that peoples' problems will always be solved in dialogue, mutual understanding and peace," the Vatican said in a statement.


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