WORLD

Pope Francis invites Israeli, Palestinian leaders to Vatican peace talks

Pope Francis extended an invitation Sunday to the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to travel to the Vatican for a “peace initiative,” as he called for a two-state solution to the intractable conflict, CNN reports.
The pontiff’s remarks came at the end of an outdoor Mass in Bethlehem’s Manger Square on the second day of his three-day trip to the Middle East.
“In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace,” Francis said. “I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer.”
The Palestinian side has accepted the invitation and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will go to the Vatican, a Palestinian Legislative Council member, Hanan Ashrawi, told CNN.
The Israeli President’s office said that he welcomed the invitation. “President Peres has always supported, and will continue to support, any attempts to progress the cause of peace,” his office said.
Earlier, speaking alongside Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Francis called for the recognition of a Palestinian state – but he made the same demand on behalf of the state of Israel.
He urged “the acknowledgment by all of the right of two states to exist and to live in peace and security within internationally recognized borders.”
The Pope called on all sides to pursue a path to peace together and not take unilateral actions to disrupt it.

Related posts

Brazil votes for new president, Rousseff tipped to win

Test

H.E. Bogdan Aurescu, Romania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs: The 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Republic of Korea, an occasion to find new ways for expanding our relationship in the years to come

Nine O' Clock

Celebrating National Day of Croatia

Nine O' Clock

Leave a Comment