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Zaev attends audience with Pope: Macedonia, Vatican strongly linked by Ss. Cyril and Methodius

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Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev attended an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday.

After Zaev’s tête-à-tête with the Pope, the Roman Catholic pontiff welcomed the Macedonian delegation, which the PM is heading in an official visit to the Vatican as part of the ‘Macedonia honors St. Cyril’ cultural event.

The Macedonian delegation includes Zaev’s wife Zorica Zaeva, the Vice-premier and Minister of Internal Affairs Oliver Spasovski; Culture Minister Robert Alagjozovski; State Secretary at the MFA Viktor Dimovski; Dane Taleski, foreign policy aide to the Prime Minister; and Director of the Commission for Relations with Religious Communities and Groups Darijan Sotirovski.

Pope Francis and PM Zaev talked about the deeply rooted tradition of interreligious tolerance and respect of various religious beliefs and freedoms in the Republic of Macedonia. Zaev invited Pope Francis to visit Macedonia in the near future to strengthen bilateral and regional relations.

“I told Pope Francis,” the Prime Minister said, “that we expect to finish  the procedures required for opening a diplomatic post of the Holy See, an Apostolic Nunciature, in Skopje soon, which would strengthen our cooperation in areas of common interest.”

“We share the view that Mother Teresa and the Holy Brothers Cyril and Methodius, who belong to our common heritage, are strong foundations of the historical ties between the Republic of Macedonia and the Vatican,” Zaev said.

Later in the day, the Macedonian PM met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See’s Secretary of State.

At the meeting, they discussed future cooperation in the areas of library science, restoration, conservation, and digitization of materials, as well as technical support for archiving and preservation of religious objects.

Source: MIA