Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Vatican: Iran must join fight against terrorism

Pope Francis held talks with Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, at the Vatican Tuesday, calling on Tehran to play a key role in stopping the spread of terrorism as Iran tries to improve its image in the global arena following an agreement on its nuclear program.
Hassan Rouhani made the first state visit to Europe by an Iranian president in almost two decades this week, following the lifting of sanctions against his country.
The pontiff warmly clasped the hand of President Hassan Rouhani in the first official call paid on a pontiff by an Iranian president since 1999. They held 40 minutes of private talks before Rouhani met with other top Vatican officials.

The talks "delved into the conclusion and application of the nuclear accord, and the important role that Iran is called upon to play, together with other countries of the region, was highlighted," the Holy See said.

It added that that role should "foster adequate political solutions to the issues plaguing the Middle East, fighting the spread of terrorism and arms trafficking."
The "cordial" talks also stressed common spiritual values, the statement said.
Usually it's the pope who asks his audience to pray for him. This time, after the two men spoke with the help of Italian and Farsi language translators, it was the guest who asked the pope for prayers. "I ask you to pray for me," Rouhani said.

The Vatican meeting was a key part of the Iranian effort to take a more prominent place on the world stage after the nuclear deal with Western powers.

Iran, which agreed to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for an end to economic sanctions, is eager to carve out a bigger role in mediating Middle East conflicts. Francis' papacy has emphasized mediation and conflict-resolution, including his role in helping Cuba and the United States to normalize their relations.
Rouhani heads to France today on his four-day European trip seeking to boost Iran's image abroad as well as to rehabilitate economic ties with a continent that had been a big trade partner before the sanctions.

Francis gave Rouhani a medal depicting St. Martin giving his cloak to a poor man in the cold, describing the saint's act as "a sign of unsolicited brotherhood."
Rouhani brought a gift of a hand-made rug that he said was made in the Iranian holy city of Qom.

Before going to the Vatican, Rouhani told a forum of business leaders in Rome that "Iran is the safest and most stable country of the entire region."
Italy also sees Iran as a potential peacemaker in Syria's civil war, as the Italian government fears the warfare will further destabilize Libya — just across the Mediterranean from southern Italy — fuel terrorism and jeopardize energy security.
"Italy has always backed the role of Iran as a regional player in resolving tensions in the area, starting with the Syrian crisis," Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said after meeting his Iranian counterpart, according to his office.
Rouhani has described the political talks leading to the nuclear deal as a potential blueprint for pursuing peace in the Middle East.

43 comments:

YOUNGBUHARI said...

Say No to Terrorism..!

damba israel said...

Okk beta for them




My view not urs!!!!

Di Mateo Xavie said...

them go gree?

esther owem said...

Ok seen

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

It is well


... Merited happiness

A*B Nice said...

Okay!

Olumide David said...

The extremist from their side are also part of the world problems

chioma jacinta said...

* it's well*

Anonymous said...

First visit by an Iranian presido to Europe in almost 20years!

Mehn! are they introverts or what? :P

Hopefully things turn out alright.

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whiterose said...

Na so

Kojevspin D Realist said...

As a Catholic I don't begrudge my Pope, but asking Iran to fight terrorism is like asking Politicians in Nigeria not to loot d treasury, wt or wtout PMB fight against corruption

Solomon Chukwuka said...

That's how it will be

Alpacino D said...

Iran's disarmament would make the world a bettre placiandoripa

Uzodave Startech said...

Hope the Iranian will comply. #IRepLIB

SHERIFAT OMOLOLA said...

seen

BONARIO NNAGS said...

That is the gospel truth, Iran cant continue to sit on the fence in the event of growing terrorism.


. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Ifechukwu Chioke said...

Blessed be God

Babylawyer. said...

Nice one. Pope Francis love for humanity knows no boundaries.


@Lindaikeji No. I FAN

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Surely and not to be building nuclear weapons.

DJ Cnior said...

its only God dat knows what they teach all dis Muslims who engage in terrorism.

Timothy Nelson said...

The Pope is really doing a good job








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Anthony Sylvanus said...

Noted

samson adele said...

True talk!

Nwariaku Munachi said...

That's a good man.

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Juliet Iwuno said...

Oh yes o! Linda take note!

Bonita Bislam said...

Nice one

OMIDAN ABBY said...

This's so good!
I want to hear more of this. Let there be unity, we are one!

DashenDuch said...

noted..............

Tundebrown Ademuyiwa said...

All honour to you His holiness

Vivian Reginalds said...

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RareSpecie Z said...

World Peace is a Fiction, especially not when some prophecies are getting fulfilled.

ada abraham said...

Hope so

Quinn steve said...

their business

Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

Like seriously.. they should join n fight

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7F098C19 said...

When a good man meet a bad man. The rest is history. Engr Emy

Jamila Shaibu said...

Is a good one..we need peace in the world...

uche ekwulugo said...

Making sense. All This war here and there no dey help d world, we need peace



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udeh martha said...

Is a good one..we need peace in the world...

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Owakah I said...

Good

owakah (A.K.A. Innosometin) said...

nice 1

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