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Migration, environment on agenda at Guinean president's audience with Francis

16 gennaio 2017 | 15.35
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Talks between Pope Francis and Guinea's president Alpha Conde at the Vatican on Monday centred on the global issues of migration and care of the environment, as well as poverty and social injustice.

A Vatican press statement described the audience as "cordial" and said it highlighted the good relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Guinea.

"During the cordial discussions, the existing good relations between the Holy See and Guinea were evoked, with emphasis on a number of issues of mutual interest... the preservation of the environment, the fight against social injustice and poverty, and the development of adequate policies for facing the problem of migration," the statement said.

Francis and Conde also discussed the political and social situation in West Africa and Muslim-majority Guinea's contribution to ending the region's various conflicts, the statement added.

Conde also met with the Vatican's second-in-command secretary of state Pietro Parolin, and its secretary for relations with states, Richard Gallagher,according to the statement.

Guinea's population of 12.1 million is 87 percent Muslim and 9 percent Christian.

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