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Pope meets with Secretary General of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation

Pope Francis met with the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimee, at the Apostolic Palace.

It is the first time that the former Saudi minister has visited the Vatican. He said he wanted to discuss the protection of minorities, terrorism and the political situation in Jerusalem following Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel.

"I thank so much, Yousef, to be able to talk with you about this problem."

After the meeting, the secretary general introduced the pope to his wife.

"Nice to meet you."

"It is an honor."

The secretary gave him a picture with a phrase from the Quran.

The pope, in turn, gave them rosaries and also a copy of his encyclical Laudato si'.

"We must also work together to guard the world, because it is a gift from God."

According to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Twitter account, the aim of this meeting is to strengthen the relationship and mutual respect between Muslims and Christians.