Mohammed bin Rashid, Mohamed bin Zayed Hold Extensive Discussions with Vicar of Christ

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, have explored with His Holiness Pope Francis in details over matters like the friendly relation that is shared between the UAE and the Vatican as well as many other topics of mutual interests.

The leaders also studied ways to further broaden cooperation so as to advocate forbearance, conversation and harmony across the world.

At the beginning of the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan greeted Pope Francis, and passed on to him the greetings as  well as best wishes of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The meeting which was held at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, the two sides assessed likelihood for collaboration and joint endeavors to strengthen brotherhood and coexistence and encourage discussion so as to guarantee security, stability and peace all over the world.

Their Highnesses stated that the Pope Francis’s visit and related events and seminars would help to indicate that all religions and cultures are eventually one and observe the human spirit. It also served an important opportunity, to share views and bolster dialogue and forbearance.

The leaders emphasized that since the UAE was set up by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, it had been devoted to bolster efforts leading to security, peace and cohesion. The UAE believes that peace and stability would aid people all over the world to form the foundation upon which to development could be set up and prosperity can be achieved.

His Holiness Pope Francis stated that he was happy to pay a visit to the UAE, indicating out that his visit characterized a new stage in the history of human brotherhood that is marked by close ties between different religions. Pope Francis also stated that he was happy to have been invited by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed to be a part of the Human Fraternity Meeting in what he described as the land of peace, coexistence and security. He also stressed on the role of the late Sheikh Zayed in assisting to make the UAE a nation that respects other civilizations, cultures and religions.

At the end of the meeting, the two sides urged for bolstering cooperation between different regional and international organizations in order to devise initiatives and visions that encourage successful and positive dialogue among various cultures and that highlight the significance of respecting beliefs of others’ and advocating forbearance and peace.