Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of the Catholics and the President of the Vatican, met with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
Zelenskiy, who visited Rome for the first time after Russia’s attack on Ukraine started on February 24, 2022, went to the Vatican City State, which is a neighbor of Rome, and met with Pope Francis after completing his Italian contacts.
In a written statement from the Vatican Press Office, “The meeting between the Pope and the President lasted about 40 minutes. Among the topics of the meeting were the humanitarian and political situation caused by the ongoing Ukraine war. expression was used.
Recalling that the Pope has made numerous calls for the war to stop since the beginning, the statement said, “Both leaders agreed on the need to continue humanitarian efforts to support the people. The Pope stressed the urgent need for humanitarian gestures, particularly towards the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict and the innocent victims.” information has been given.
Zelenskiy, who shared on his Twitter account about the meeting, said, “I am grateful to him for his personal attention to the tragedy suffered by millions of Ukrainians. I talked about children exiled from Ukraine. We must make every effort to bring them home. I also demanded that Russia condemn the crimes committed in Ukraine. Because there can be no equality between the victim and the aggressor. I talked about our peace formula, which is the only effective way to achieve a just peace, and offered to participate in its implementation.” used the phrases.
It was the first time Zelenskiy and Pope Pope Francis had met in the Vatican since their last meeting on February 8, 2020. Zelensky is expected to cross into Germany tomorrow. (AA)
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