Anifah calls on 2 senior Vatican leaders

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KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman today paid a courtesy call on two prominent Vatican leaders as part of his maiden visit to the Holy See.

According to a statement from the ministry, the Vatican leaders were the Secretary of State to the Pope, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher.

During the call on Cardinal Parolin, both exchanged views on a range of topics covering bilateral relations with a view towards creating peace and stability.

“His Eminence also raised several regional and international issues of common concern such as the Korean peninsula, the South China Sea as well as the issue of the Rohingya,” said the statement adding that both agreed that these issues should be solved via peaceful negotiations and moderation.

During the meeting with Archbishop Gallagher, among the issues discussed included international cooperation and global issues of mutual concern, with Anifah taking the opportunity to highlight Malaysia’s Global Movement of Moderates initiative, which calls for moderation as a fundamental aspect of ensuring harmony between the various religious communities.

“Both expressed their keen desire to work closely on the various issues discussed, including education and interfaith dialogue which would help towards combating extremism,” Wisma Putra said.

The meeting was the first between the two leaders and had provided both sides with an avenue to explore meaningful bilateral collaboration and to establish cooperation in the multilateral arena for peace and prosperity.

Anifah also saw the official opening of the Chancery of the Malaysian Embassy to The Holy See yesterday.