Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Rare Meeting Between The Pope And Iran's Leader

By Gregy Myre
Iran's President gave Pope Francis a rug hand-woven in Qom, a Shiite holy city in Iran, and a large book by artist Mahmoud Farshchian.
ITALY---Pope Francis met Tuesday with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, the latest sign of Iran's improving ties in the West as years of sanctions fall away. The two said they discussed the problems in the region, a reference to the wars in Iraq and Syria. The pope has made pleas for peace in both conflicts, while Iran is deeply involved in supporting the embattled governments in both countries. This was the first meeting between a pope and an Iranian head of state since 1999, which was the last time an Iranian leader toured Europe. [link]

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