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Anifah meets Vatican leaders during Holy See visit


(From left) Malaysian Ambassador to the Vatican City Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, Cardinal Parolin and Anifah.

(From left) Malaysian Ambassador to the Vatican City Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, Cardinal Parolin and Anifah.

PETALING JAYA: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman has met with two prominent Vatican leaders as part of his maiden visit to the Holy See.

Anifah called on Secretary of State to the Pope His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, as well as the Secretary for Relations with States Most Reverend Archbishop Paul Gallagher on Tuesday

Anifah (left) and Archbishop Gallagher.

"During the call on Cardinal Parolin, both sides exchanged views on a range of topics covering bilateral relations with a view towards creating peace and stability.

"His Eminence also raised several regional and international issues of common concern such as the Korean peninsula, the South China Sea as well as the issue of the Rohingyas," read the statement by the Foreign Ministry.

It added that both agreed that these issues should be solved via peaceful negotiations and moderation.

With Archbishop Gallagher, Anifah discussed international cooperation and global issues of mutual concern, including the effort to promote religious understanding such as Malaysia's Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) initiative.

"Both sides expressed their keen desire to work closely together on the various issues discussed, including education and interfaith dialogue which would help towards combating extremism," the statement read.

The meeting was part of Anifah's first working visit to the Vatican City, from May 8 until 10.

It had been previously stated that one of the aims of the visit is to officiate the Embassy of Malaysia to the Holy See.

Diplomatic ties between Malaysia and the Holy See were formally established on July 27, 2011 following a working visit by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to the Vatican City in July 2011.

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