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Zayed gets letter from Pope

posted on 29/03/2004: 746 views

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan received yesterday a letter from Pope John Paul II concerning bilateral relations between the UAE and Vatican. The letter was delivered to Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, by Bishop Bernardo Giovanni Gremoli, the Vatican's representative in the Arabian Peninsula, in the presence of Italian ambassador. Sheikh Hamdan also received a picture of the St. Peter's Basilica from Pope John Paul II to Sheikh Zayed.

Sheikh Hamdan expressed satisfaction at the good relations between his country and the Vatican. He conveyed the keenness of Sheikh Zayed to further bilateral relations, and securing places of worship for all followers of divine faiths. Patriarch Giovanni hailed the stances of Sheikh Zayed and his efforts to support international peace and provide decent life for his people.

He said the letter expresses the Pope's appeal for a fair and just peace in the whole world. He also said that the Pope praised the great role of Sheikh Zayed in international peace efforts and his moves to provide facilities for Christians to perform their rituals, and build churches. (The Gulf News)


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