Pope Francis Receives Minister of Foreign Affairs at Vatican City State Building

On 3 May 2021 His Holiness, Pope Francis, received Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Fuad Hussein, at the Vatican City State Building.
During the bilateral nearly-one-hour meeting, both sides discussed the outcomes of His Holiness’s historic visit to Iraq and the great intentions it bears, and part of the meeting was devoted to discussing issues related to the situation in Iraq and the region.
His Holiness expressed his happiness with the visit he made to Iraq, praising the exceptional efforts made by the Iraqi government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to make the visit a success in all the religious and historical sites he visited, recalling his meetings with various Iraqi leaders, especially the historical meeting he had with His Eminence, the religious authority, Imam Ali Al-Sistani, and the messages it entailed.
His Holiness renewed his prayers for the Iraqis to have security and stability in a peaceful coexistence.
His Holiness also indicated that the visit left a great impression on his soul, and it was the most distinguished trip amongst the numerous visits he made to many countries.
For his part, Mr. Hussein conveyed the appreciation of the government and people of Iraq for His Holiness for visiting Iraq, stressing the government’s interest to build on the outcomes of the visit and seize opportunities to revive historical and archaeological sites, which would reflect on the Iraqis and their coexistence, dialogue and civilized openness.