The Iranian president Hassan Rouhani met Pope Francis at the Holy Sea, as part of the first state visit of an Iranian president to Europe in 17 years. The meeting showcases the longstanding relations between Iran and the Vatican, that has drawn closer under pope Francis, and could help support efforts for peace in Syria and Iraq.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani meets Pope Francis for an historic meeting to promote peace in the Middle-East

The Iranian president Hassan Rouhani met Pope Francis at the Holy Sea, as part of the first state visit of an Iranian president to Europe in 17 years. The meeting showcases the longstanding relations between Iran and the Vatican, that has drawn closer under pope Francis, and could help support efforts for peace in Syria and Iraq.