(MENAFN- AzerNews) Pope Francis calls US President Joe Biden to discuss peace. On
Sunday afternoon, Pope Francis spoke by phone with the President of
the United States, Joe Biden, Azernews reports.
According to the Holy See Press Office, the conversation lasted
around 20 minutes.
The Pope and the President spoke about "situations of conflict
in the world and the need to identify paths to peace."
Earlier in the day, Pope Francis had renewed his appeal for
peace in the Holy Land during the Angelus prayer. He also
remembered those who continue to suffer in Ukraine, saying,“War,
every war in the world - I am also thinking of the tormented
Ukraine - is a defeat. War is always a defeat, it is a destruction
of human brotherhood. Brothers, stop! Stop!”
President Biden visited Israel briefly on Wednesday, October 18,
to engage in high-level talks with Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and to show support for the war-torn Jewish state.
Biden told reporters on the way back from his trip to Israel
that in a phone call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,
the leader agreed to allow 20 trucks carrying humanitarian aid into
Gaza from the restricted Rafah crossing, which connects Egypt and
Gaza. Biden also announced $100 million in humanitarian aid for the
Palestinian people in both Gaza and the West Bank.
The United States is currently providing financial and military
support to the Israeli and Ukrainian armies. On Friday, October 20,
President Biden presented the US Congress with a new funding plan
for aid to its allies, allotting $61.4 billion for Ukraine and
$14.3 billion for Israel.
The United Nations has said the aid represents "a drop in the
ocean of immense needs in Gaza," and the head of the U.N. World
Food Program (WFP) has said the humanitarian situation in Gaza is
Pope Francis and President Biden have met before, when Biden
visited the Vatican on October 29, 2021. During their meeting, they
discussed the need to protect civilians in Gaza and efforts for the
delivery of food, medicine, and other humanitarian assistance in
Gaza. Pope Francis has also called for the release of hostages
taken by Hamas during its October 7 attack.
The United States hopes for more hostages to be freed by Hamas,
and is continuing to provide aid to the region in order to help
bring about a durable peace in the Middle East.
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