Latvian Foreign Minister, Pope discuss Ukraine

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On 14 March 2022, in the Vatican, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with His Holiness Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, for a discussion on current foreign policy issues, especially Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and its impact on the security situation in the region and across Europe, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

"Edgars Rinkēvičs expressed thanks to the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope for their strong and principled support expressed to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. The Minister underlined that every effort must be made so that the international community could ensure humanitarian aid to people in Ukraine," the Ministry said.

The Foreign Minister also thanked the Holy See for its firm stance of not recognising the incorporation of Latvia into the USSR. 2022 also sees the centenary since the signing and coming into effect of a Concordat between the Republic of Latvia and the Holy See. 

"Pope Francis recalled with warmth his visit to Latvia in 2018, and he commended the fact that society in Latvia can live in interdenominational peace and harmony," the statement said, without quoting either man directly.

March 13 marked nine years since Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected Pope, taking the name of Francis.


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