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Pope lauds Amir’s role for peace

Wisdom in establishing values hailed

Pope Francis and HH Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

VATICAN CITY, Jan 9, (Agencies): Pope Francis on Thursday commended the role of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in promoting peace and dialogue worldwide.

This came during Pope Francis reception of Kuwaiti Ambassador to Switzerland and nonresident Ambassador to the Vatican Bader Al- Tanaib during the annual New Year reception. Ambassador Al-Tanaib was among other diplomats and ambassadors visiting the Vatican to meet the pope during the event. Speaking to KUNA, the ambassador said he had conveyed special greetings from His Highness the Amir to the pope on New Year.

He indicated that Pope Francis appreciated His Highness the Amir’s leading role and wisdom in establishing the values of constructive dialogue, and spearheading humanitarian action and coexistence for the sake of goodness, peace and stability. The pope expressed best wishes for a prosperous and peaceful New Year to the leadership and people of Kuwait, he added.

During the event, Pope Francis called for spreading peace and goodwill throughout the world, and avoiding any action that would lead to hate and confl icts. The pope also called on the international community to find means to end various global crises and focus on welfare and development to all mankind.

The Kuwaiti diplomat also wished the Kuwaiti leadership and people evermore progress and success during the New Year. Pope Francis warned Thursday that increasing tensions between the US and Iran are setting the stage for a broader confl ict in the Mideast while jeopardizing efforts to rebuild Iraq.

Francis listed the “particularly troubling” deterioration of US-Iran relations following the US strike that killed Iran’s top general in his annual foreign policy address that also touched on climate change and nuclear proliferation.

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