Pope Francis, Iranian Pres. discuss regional conflicts

VATICAN CITY, Rome, Jan 26 (KUNA) — Pope Francis held summit talks with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday over crises in the region, highlighting importance of faiths to boosting tolerance.
The talks highlighted the spiritial values between Iran and the Vatican, the condition of the Catholic church in the Islamic Republic, as well as efforts to promote dignity of human beings and religious freedom, a statement by the Vatican’s press office said.
The two men discussed the implementation of the Iranian nuclear agreement, highlighting the important role that “Iran should play in cooperation with countries in the region” towards achieving peace for conflicts, terrorism and arms smuggling.
They reiterated the importance of dialogue among faiths in promoting conciliation, tolerance and peace, said the statement.
This is Rouhani’s first visit to the Vatican since assuming office. He began his visit to Italy yesterday and attended a business forum earlier today, in which he said that “Iran is the most stable and secured country in the region.” He said Iran was open to foreign investments following the lifting of international sanctions. (end) mn.bs