As the Vatican and Vietnam continue discussions aimed at establishing full diplomatic relations, Pope Francis welcomed President Tran Dai Quang to the Vatican on 23rd November.
The pope and president spent 15 minutes speaking privately before the president introduced his entourage and exchanged gifts with the pope. The president gave Pope Francis a small bronze drum and the pope gave the president a medallion.
During the meeting, the Vatican said, the two spoke of “the good relations existing between the Holy See and Vietnam, (which are) supported by a common spirit of dialogue and a constant search for the most appropriate instruments so they can make further progress.”
The Vatican also said the pope and president highlighted “the collaboration between the Church and state in various spheres of society.”
One month earlier, the Vatican hosted a meeting of the official Vietnam-Holy See joint working group, which is trying to pave the way for full relations between the Vatican and the communist government.
Picture: Pope Francis meets President Tran Dai Quang of Vietnam during a private audience at the Vatican on 23rd November. (CNS photo/Maurizio Brambatti via Reuters).