Vatican City, Oct 30, 2023 / 12:15 pm
Vatican foreign minister Archbishop Paul Gallagher spoke by phone with his counterpart in Iran on Monday morning regarding the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, according to the Holy See.
The Vatican said the talk on Oct. 30, which comes amid fears that Iran may expand the conflict in the region, was requested by Iran’s minister of foreign affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
“In the conversation, Archbishop Gallagher expressed the Holy See’s serious concern for what is happening in Israel and Palestine, reiterating the absolute need to avoid spreading the conflict and to come to a two-state solution for a stable and lasting peace in the Middle East,” Holy See Press Office Director Matteo Bruni said in a press release.
Earlier this month, Amir-Abdollahian warned of a further escalation in the Middle East if Israel does not halt its strikes on Gaza.