President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday affirmed Egypt's appreciation for the role of the Vatican in promoting the values of tolerance, mercy and justice, as well as enhancing ties with Cairo.
This came in a message handed over by Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, while wrapping up his visit to the Vatican City, to Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church.
Shoukry conveyed to the pontiff the greetings of Sisi and Egypt's appreciation for relations with the Vatican that have developed throughout the years, said spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez.
Shoukry also held bilateral talks with Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.
A statement said they exchanged views on regional issues of common concern. The Vatican Foreign Minister was keen to listen to the Egyptian assessment on developments in the situation in Libya, Syria and the African Sahel region.
During these talks, Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s keenness to continue consultation and coordination between Cairo and the Vatican regarding issues of pivotal importance for both parties, whether at the bilateral or regional level.
The foreign minister also expressed Egypt's pride in relations with the Vatican and appreciation of positive development witnessed in the various issues of common interest.
The minister also reviewed efforts exerted by Cairo to promote the values of citizenship and freedom of religion, which was appreciated by the Vatican top diplomat.