Pope Francis seeks to visit Egypt: FM spox
Pope Francis - AP/Andrew Medichini
By AMIRA ABDEL-SALAM AND AMAAL RASLAN

CAIRO: Pope Francis said on Wednesday he would like to visit Cairo during a meeting with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy in Rome, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said in a statement.

Fahmy, who attended an international conference on the Libya situation in Rome, said during his visit that Egypt is working to establish a “forgiving and open society,” the statement said.

He said during his visit that Egypt would address religious discourse through its chairing of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Egypt will hold forums and seminars for Islamic students and others from schools associated with the Vatican to enhance the dialogue among the youth, Fahmy noted.

Pope Francis gave a speech to the gathering in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday morning, saluting people who speak Arabic especially those from Egypt, the spokesperson said.

Originally published in Youm7.

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