Pope urges Iran to act for peace in Middle East

Pope Francis (right) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold talks at the Vatican, on January 26, 2016Pope Francis on Tuesday urged Iran to back peace efforts in the Middle East as the Islamic Republic's emergence from international isolation took a significant step forward with President Hassan Rouhani's first visit to the Vatican. Fresh from securing the lifting of international sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear programme, Rouhani spent 40 minutes at the Vatican talking privately to Pope Francis, a strong backer of the deal with Tehran.


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