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Pope receives Iran's President at Vatican with warm welcome and private meeting

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Pope receives Iran's President at Vatican with warm welcome and private meeting
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Pope Francis welcomed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the Vatican on Tuesday.

The two held a private talk that lasted 40 minutes.

They discussed ideas over addressing conflict in the Middle East and the need to combat terrorism, according to the Vatican.

Rouhani is on a trip to Europe, looking to usher in a new era of warmer ties – after years of crippling sanctions imposed by the West over Iran’s nuclear programme.

He is leading a 120-member delegation, that includes government ministers and business leaders, for the five days of meetings in Italy and France.