Middle East

Vatican establishes diplomatic relations with UAE

VATICAN CITY: The Holy See and the United Arab Emirates established diplomatic relations on Thursday, the Vatican said, praising the level of religious freedom in the predominantly Muslim country. The UAE and the Vatican are "desirous of promoting bonds of mutual friendship and of strengthening international cooperation," the Vatican said in a statement. Although the state religion of the UAE is Islam, non-Muslims are guaranteed religious freedom under the country's Constitution and Christians are free to worship, it said. The Vatican already has diplomatic relations with other countries with Muslim majorities such as Algeria, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran and Iraq. Pope Benedict XVI provoked anger among Muslims in September when he appeared to link Islam with violence. He has since moved to ease tensions, notably making a historic visit to Istanbul's Blue Mosque in December. - AFP





Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (

comments powered by Disqus



Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here