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Zelensky has telephone conversation with Pope Francis

Source : 112 Ukraine

The head of state informed Pope about the measures taken by Ukraine during quarantine
17:08, 6 June 2020
 
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a telephone conversation with Pope Francis, according to the website of the Head of State's Office.

The parties discussed the current crisis situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, primarily the humanitarian challenges facing the world. Pope Francis noted that he appreciates Ukraine’s desire for solidarity.

“Support of Your Holiness in the issue of unity, solidarity and openness of Europe is important for Ukraine. It is important now to work on restoring mutual trust and strengthening cooperation on the continent,” the president said.

The head of the state informed Pope Francis about successful measures taken by Ukraine during quarantine, including the online format for teaching children in schools. A good example of individual Ukrainian churches in support of quarantine restrictions imposed by the government was also noted.
 
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The President informed His Holiness about the security situation in Donbas and asked the Holy See for help in releasing Ukrainians illegally detained in the occupied part of Donbas, in the occupied Crimea and in Russia.

"We are looking for solutions to move forward in a peaceful settlement. Ukraine will not violate the red lines with regard to its own security, sovereignty and territorial integrity," Zelensky emphasized.

The interlocutors discussed bilateral cooperation in the humanitarian sphere. We agreed to strengthen cooperation in health and environmental issues and implement joint initiatives in this direction.

The President confirmed the invitation to Pope Francis to pay a visit to Ukraine.

It was reported that on February 8, 2020 Zelensky paid a visit to the Vatican, where he met with Pope Francis.
 
 
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