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Minister Dr Cerar visits the Holy See

Vatican, 28 November 2018 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Miro Cerar, today met Pope Francis in General Audience. During his visit to the Holy See, Minister Dr Cerar met for talks with his host, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, and was also received by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.

 

The interlocutors exchanged views on some topical international issues, such as migration, sustainable development and the eradication of poverty. The importance of addressing migration at the global level was underlined. This issue needs to be resolved in the countries of origin, in a way supportive of their development. The EU should devote particular attention to African countries. The interlocutors agreed that the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration provides a sound basis for managing migration flows.

 

During today’s meetings, Minister Dr Cerar also outlined Slovenia’s views on the situation in South-Eastern Europe. The high representatives of the Holy See agree with the support for continued EU enlargement in the region.

 

When discussing bilateral relations, Minister Dr Cerar and Secretary Gallagher mentioned the upgrading of a charity project to support the activities of Father Pedro Opeka in Madagascar. The project is a highly effective form of development assistance in undeveloped countries. Minister Dr Cerar assured his hosts that regular dialogue between the Church and the state would also be continued under the new government. All issues interesting to both sides will be addressed in this context. The interlocutors also devoted some attention to the exhibition of works by architect Plečnik, which is to be shown next year at the Vatican Museums.

 

Cardinal Parolin asked Minister Dr Cerar to convey sincere congratulations to the new Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Major General Alenka Ermenc.