7 December 201714:04

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Paul Gallagher


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On December 7, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, on the margins of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Vienna.

The officials discussed the current state of bilateral relations as well as items of mutual interest on the international agenda. Foreign Minister Lavrov and Archbishop Gallagher particularly focused on the prospects for cooperation on the issue of bringing Christians and the Christian faith back to the Middle East, which is becoming increasingly important in the context of the Syrian settlement.

The parties confirmed their interest in further strengthening multilevel bilateral cooperation as a follow-up to the successful working visit to Russia last August by the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

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