A delegation from the Syrian government met on Saturday morning with the Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.
According to a statement issued by the director of the Vatican Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, “the delegation brought a message from President Assad for the Holy Father and explained the position of the Syrian government”.
The Syrian delegation consisted of Joseph Sweid, Minister of State, and Hussam Eddin Aala,who is both Assistant Minister and Director for Europe from the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the current Syrian ambassador to the Holy See.
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