Japan, Vatican Agree to Boost Cooperation for Peace


Tokyo, Nov. 25 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting Pope Francis agreed Monday to strengthen cooperation between Tokyo and the Vatican in realizing world peace and promoting human rights.

"Japan and the Vatican are partners that value peace, the realization of a world without nuclear weapons, poverty elimination, human rights and the environment," Abe said in a meeting with the pope.

Abe also expressed a wish to expand bilateral cooperation.

The pope replied that he wants to strengthen the Vatican's relationship with Japan further.

This was their first meeting since June 2014, when Abe visited the Vatican. Pope Francis is making the first papal visit to Japan in 38 years.

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