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Vietnam, Vatican report progress toward diplomatic ties

CWN - June 14, 2013

Relations between the Holy See and the government of Vietnam have “progress in a spirit of goodwill, constructive exchange, and respect for principles in the relationship,” according to a joint statement released on June 14 after the latest round of talks.

The joint statement indicated that during talks in Rome from June 10-14, the Vietnamese representatives had spoken of steps to expand religious freedom in the Asian country, and encouragement the involvement of the Catholic Church in economic development. The Vatican’s representatives pressed for the return of some formal diplomatic relations.

The Vatican and Vietnam do not have formal diplomatic ties, but a series of talks have raised hopes for the formal exchange of envoys. The two sides agreed to continue their talks with the next sessions to be held in Hanoi.

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