.- This morning the vice-director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Ciro Benedettini, C.P., announced that a meeting had taken place between the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, and the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano.
âIn the course of the meeting,â said Benedettini, âthere was an exchange of views on bilateral relations between the Holy See and Russia and on the international situation, with special interest in dialogue among cultures and collaboration within international organizations.â
He added that âthe serious problem of peace in the Holy Land and Iraq was also touched uponâ and that âthe meeting demonstrated the cordial relations that exist between the two parties and the possibility of further developments.â
Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, secretary for Relations with States and Vitaly Litvin, ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Holy See, also participated in the meeting.