Pope, Abbas discuss Mideast issues
(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Pope Francis reviewed on Saturday the latest developments in the Palestinian crisis in view of Israel's curtailment of the peace process.
In a 20 minute audience with the Pope, Abbas, arriving here with an official delegation, thanked the pontiff for announcing the canonization of two Palestinians as Saints, said a statement issued by the Vatican.
Marie Alphonsine Ghattas of Jerusalem and Mariam Bawardy of Galilee will become the first Palestinian Arabs to gain sainthood. Marie and Mariam were two nuns who lived in Ottoman Palestine during the 19th century.
The Pope and Abbas discussed in detail the peace process with Israel and the aspiration that both Palestinians and Israelis could resume negotiations leading to a lasting peace in the region, said the statement.
Moreover, the two men exchanged views on the current conflicts and armed clashes in some parts of the Middle East, affirming the need for dialogues of civilizations and for combatting terrorism.
Abbas arrived in Italy last Thursday where he met with the Italian president and prime minister.
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