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Syria, Mideast And Poverty On Kerry's Agenda At Vatican

Published on 15 January 2014

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by Office of the Spokesperson


Vatican City, Holy See

John Kerry And Archbishop Pietro Parolin
John Kerry And Archbishop Pietro Parolin

Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Vatican on January 14 for talks with his counterpart at the Holy See, Archbishop Pietro Parolin. Syria and the ongoing multilateral peace process were an important topic in the talks, Kerry said in remarks after his meeting. He welcomed recent comments from Pope Francis in support of the Geneva II process.

“It is very important to have broad support, and I know that the pope is particularly concerned about the massive numbers of displaced human beings and the violence that has taken over 130,000 lives,” Kerry said.

Parolin and Kerry also discussed the Mideast peace process, renewed conflict in South Sudan, and human rights in Cuba. The U.S. secretary of state also expressed accord with papal concerns about the need to refocus attention on easing the world’s worst poverty.

“We have a huge common interest in dealing with this issue of poverty,” Kerry said, “which in many cases is the root cause of terrorism or even the root cause of the disenfranchisement of millions of people on this planet.”

Kerry said that he and Parolin were in agreement on many issues and he welcomed the “common enterprise” shared by the Vatican and the United States.



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Posted 2014-01-15 10:13:00