Fri 04-02-2022 20:59 PM
ABU DHABI, 4th February, 2022 (WAM) — Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, Substitute of the Secretariat of State at the Vatican, inaugurated the new Apostolic Nunciature in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth. The event marks a new stage in diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Vatican.
The inauguration was also attended by Omar Saif Ghobash, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Cultural and Public Diplomacy, Alya Mohamed Almehrezi, Assistant Undersecretary for Protocols Affairs Office at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International, Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar for Southern Arabia, Monsignor Kryspin Dubiel, Chargé d’Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature, several officials and members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the country.
In his speech on the occasion, Archbishop Parra said the inauguration of the Vatican Embassy in Abu Dhabi highlights the deep-rooted ties between the two friendly states. It coincides with the third anniversary of the signing of the Human Fraternity Document by His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, and Grand Imam of Al Azhar, His Eminence Dr. Ahmed el-Tayeb.
He added the event also coincides with the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between the Vatican and the UAE.
At the end of his speech, Parra thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Pope Francis sent a high-level delegation to inaugurate the Apostolic Nunciature in Abu Dhabi, in recognition of the UAE’s role in promoting the values of tolerance and coexistence.