Israel, Vatican step up pace of diplomatic talks
April 27, 2009
Diplomatic representatives of Israel and the Holy See are continuing negotiations on an accelerated pace, evidently still hoping to complete an economic-juridical agreement before the May visit by Pope Benedict XVI to the Holy Land. The two sides met in Jerusalem on April 23, reported "great cordiality" in a working conference, and announced that a full negotiating session would take place April 30. Stalled for years, the talks have been stepped up dramatically in the months leading up to the papal visit.
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