Erdogan meets the Pope in the Vatican

Erdogan meets the Pope in the Vatican

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Their meeting was multi-sided importance. Turkey's President is Islamist-friendly but he did pay a visit to the home of the Catholic Church. However, Erdogan's visit there, marks the first visit of a Turkish President to the Vatican since 1959.

In December (2017), the head of Turkey spoke on the phone with the Pope twice, after the U.S. decided to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Pope had then said he respects UN's decisions, a statement that had satisfied Erdogan.

The two had a 45-minute get together during which the main topic of their talk was Jerusalem. Moreover, they discussed about Christian issues in Turkey and the conditions Syrians live in, now that they have taken refuge in Turkey. They also talked about the growing Islamophobia across Europe.../IBNA

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