Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, has praised Bangladesh for interreligious harmony in a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the Vatican City.
In the meeting on Monday, the pontiff also hailed Hasina for sheltering the Rohingya refugees who have fled persecution and violence in Myanmar.
Besides the pope, the prime minister met Vatican City Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and Bangladesh Ambassador to Vatican Shameem Ahsan briefed the media in Rome after the meetings.
Shahidul said Pope Francis, during his visit to Bangladesh two and a half months ago, felt that interreligious harmony is in a good state in the country.
Hasina was given a guard of honour when she reached the Vatican City from Hotel Parco Dei Principi Rome, the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Ambassador Shameem said Cardinal Parolin told Hasina Bangladesh has set an example by sheltering the Rohingya refugees.
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