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UAE's first ambassador to Vatican presents her credentials to the Pope

posted on 21/05/2010: 1831 views



Vatican - UAE ambassador to Spain Dr. Hessa Abdullah Ahmad Al- Otaiba has presented her credentials to Pope Benedict XVI as UAE's non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Vatican.

This is the first time in the history of the Vatican a woman is accredited as ambassador to represent her country.

In a special audience, the pontiff welcomed the appointment of Dr. Hessa as the first ambassador of the UAE to the Vatican and expressed satisfaction for this diplomatic exchange which demonstrates the wisdom and prudent vision of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Pope said that the sending of the diplomatic mission also proves the spirit of religious tolerance which is characteristic of the social fabric of the UAE.

Pope Benedict also hailed the freedom of faith the Christians enjoy in the UAE to practice their religion, and wished the ambassador all success in her mission to strengthen the bonds of love and cooperation between the Holy See and the UAE.

Hessa Al Otaiba conveyed to the Pope greetings from President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as well as his prayers for the Pontiff's continued health.

Hessa Al Otaiba also asserted her resolve to strengthen ties between the two countries and adhere to the guidance of Sheikh Khalifa to respect various religions and uphold tolerance in the UAE and the friendly countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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