Vatican-Israeli Talks Progressing

TEL AVIV, Israel, NOV. 25, 2005 ( The Holy See and Israel, in a joint communiqué, acknowledged that negotiations between the two are progressing.

The statement was released Thursday by the Bilateral Permanent Working Commission, following meetings that took place between the Vatican and Israel in Tel Aviv.

The communiqué, published by the agency AsiaNews, stated that “the delegations have dealt with a number of significant issues.”

The two delegations, added the report, “have brought about progress in negotiating the ‘comprehensive agreement’ mandated by Article 10, paragraph 2 of the Fundamental Agreement.”

“The atmosphere was cordial,” it said, “and the delegations are looking forward to their next scheduled meetings.”