The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and the Russian Foreign Minister, Serghei Lavrov, met privately this Thursday, September 22, in New York, where the UN General Assembly is being held.
This has been reported by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the social network Telegram, posting a photo of the two of them shaking hands. The Vatican Press Office has not commented on the matter, but its official media, “Vatican News”, reports the meeting without referring to the content of the conversations.
On the return trip from Kazakhstan, Pope Francis assured that we must not stop dialoguing with the States that have started a war.
“It is always difficult to understand the dialogue with the States that have started the war. It is difficult, but we do not have to rule it out, we have to give everyone the opportunity for dialogue, because There is always the possibility that things can change.”Francis noted, though without specifically referring to Russia.
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For his part, during Parolin’s speech at the 10th meeting of the Friends of the CTBT -a group created in 2002 by Germany, Australia, Canada, Finland, Japan and the Netherlands-, at the UN meetings he assured that “with the Increasing global tensions and rhetoric threatening the use of nuclear weapons, it is more crucial than ever to bring the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) into force.”
Parolin thus echoed the innumerable calls of the Pope to put an end to the arms trade.
Font: Europe Press.