VATICAN CITY, 15th September, 2016 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, as part of his official visit to the Vatican.

During the meeting which took place at the headquarters of the papacy, and was attended by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed discussed ways to boost cooperation and bilateral relations between the UAE and the Vatican state, especially with regard to development, social and humanitarian issues, including initiatives in the educational and health areas in underprivileged communities.

The meeting also touched on issues of international interest, most notably the promotion of peace among different peoples, humanitarian issues, the phenomenon of violence and terror that target innocent people and the role of the international community in combating it and eliminating its sources.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed highlighted the UAE’s keenness to support all international efforts that seek to achieve rapprochement between the countries and peoples of the world and work to enhance security and safety in various areas.

His Highness commended the positive role of the Pope in peace-building and promoting dialogue among civilisations, and developing common human values among them.

The Vatican Secretary of State commended the UAE’s efforts in promoting tolerance and coexistence, its outstanding contributions in the humanitarian and social fields, along with its assistance to communities and peoples without distinction or discrimination, as well as its endeavours to encourage peaceful dialogue between different civilisations, wishing the UAE and its people, stability and prosperity.

The meeting was attended by Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, and Dr. Hessa Abdullah Al Otaiba, UAE Non-Resident Ambassador to the Vatican.