Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi said that cooperation with the Vatican is of great importance in Iran’s foreign policy.
Speaking in a meeting with the President of the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family, and bishop emeritus of the diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia in Italy Vincenzo Paglia, she added that in the wake of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s trip to the Vatican and meeting with Pope Francis, the grounds have been prepared for both countries’ cooperation.
Referring to the fact that the history of Iran-Vatican ties dates back to 1954, she added that the official and unofficial visits to Vatican have established new relations between the two countries.
Regarding current social crises such as terrorism and the breakdown of families, she said that expanding ties can be useful in reinforcing families and in presenting basic strategies. She noted that in dealing with issues such as the status of women and families are a major aspect of Iran-Vatican cooperation.
Referring to the second aspect of cooperation, Molaverdi reiterated that due to the sensitive condition of the Middle East and Europe, the cooperation between religions would be useful in preventing extremism, disrespect to religious values and violence against women and children.
She referred to the international cooperation as the third aspect of the two countries’ cooperation, adding that promoting peace instead of war, making a coalition for peace, fighting poverty and protecting the family should be considered further.
Vincenzo Paglia invited Molaverdi to participate in a meeting in Geneva on June 26. He arrived in Iran on Sunday June 11 with a delegation, and he is scheduled to visit various Iranian officials.