Archbishop Edgar Pea Parra, a close associate of Pope Francis, was met by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in Dubai.
The two met at the Expo 2020 Dubai headquarters to discuss strategic alliances and topics of mutual importance.
Archbishop Parra, the Vatican’s alternative for the secretariat of state, was sent to the UAE as part of a high-level group led by Pope Francis. He also inaugurated the new Apostolic Nunciature in Abu Dhabi, a diplomatic office of the Holy See.
The Vatican claimed the action established the “diplomatic outpost as a concrete manifestation of the Pope’s care for people in the United Arab Emirates” in a tweet. Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, attended the inaugural event.
The mission’s launch coincided with the third anniversary of the Human Fraternity Document’s signing. It’s also known as the Abu Dhabi Agreement, and it’s a step toward allowing people of various faiths to coexist together.
Archbishop Parra met with Sheikh Abdullah separately to explore methods to combat global extremism and promote tolerance and coexistence ideals.
The UAE and the Vatican have collaborated throughout the years to promote international peace and the ideals and values of human solidarity, fraternity, and harmony.
Archbishop Parra also applauded the success of Expo 2020 Dubai, which brings together 192 nations to debate pressing global concerns.