• Tuesday, November 29, 2022


Turkish President Erdogan meets Pope, discusses Jerusalem

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is welcomed by archbishop Georg Ganswein as he arrives to attend a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican February 5, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

By: Kiran Paul

VATICAN CITY, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Pope Francis on Monday to discuss Jerusalem and the fallout from U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise the holy city as the capital of Israel. Both have expressed concern at the move that many U.S. allies say could doom Middle East peace efforts. Erdogan’s motorcade dropped him off in a deserted St. Peter’s Square after the streets that are usually bustling with tourists were closed due to security fears. The men are also expected to discuss Syria, Iraq, humanitarian aid and refugees. The Vatican backs a two-state…

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