Merkel and Pope Francis discuss Ukraine crisis
AFP · 21 Feb 2015, 17:35
Published: 21 Feb 2015 17:35 GMT+01:00
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Merkel, who played a key role in negotiating the latest ceasefire, had a private audience with the pope where the two underlined their "commitment to reaching a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine", a Vatican statement said.
Francis and Merkel also discussed poverty, women's rights, health and the environment -- topics the will be on the agenda at the G7 summit Germany will host in June, the statement added.
The German chancellor arrived in Rome on Friday with a 15-member delegation and paid a surprise visit to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum, a Vatican source said.
This was the third meeting between Merkel and the Argentine-born pope who had met twice before in 2013.