President Maithripala Sirisena meets Pope Francis I during his two day visit to the Vatican

President Maithripala Sirisena meets Pope Francis I during his two day visit to the Vatican

President Maithripala Sirisena meets Pope Francis I during his two day visit to the Vatican

Written by Staff Writer

14 Dec, 2015 | 5:48 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena who is on an official visit to the Vatican has called on his Holiness Pope Francis.

The President and the First Lady who left for Rome yesterday arrived at the Fiumicino Airport last night where they were warmly welcomed by the Chief Protocol of Vatican Jose Betterncourt and Sri Lanka Ambassador in Italy Daya Pelpola.

Issuing a statement the Holy Sea Press office called the discussions cordial and said that they began the meeting by recalling the Holy father’s visit to Sri Lanka in January.

Discussions also focused on certain aspects of the Countries recent history and the process of Peace and reconciliation that is underway with the hope that it may contribute to promoting stable social harmony.

President Sirisena and Pope Francis also exchanged opinions on the theme of the environment and an evaluation of the results of the conference on climate change, recently concluded in Paris.

Deputy Director of the President’s Media Division, Nishadh Upendra stated Pope Francis presented a token of appreciation to President Maithripala Sirisena to symbolize peace and unity.

He added that tomorrow, the President will visit the Museum of the Vatican city and the St. Peter’s Basilica Church. Following the meeting with his Holiness Pope Francis, the President held a special discussion with the Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin.

He went onto note that matters concerning with the development in Sri Lanka and the process underway in achieving peace and reconciliation were discussed during the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Media Unit states that President Sirisena has been drawn special attention to certain issues which have arisen from the budget proposals and the suggestions and grievances made by the public and the trade unions.

The communique issued by the President’s Media Division said that the President, who stressed the importance of discussing before coming into a final conclusion.

He added that a discussion will be held after his return to the country following the completion of his State Visit to the Vatican.

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