Pope Francis talks to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, first left, during a meeting at the Vatican, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, Pool)
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Pope Francis urged Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday to ensure peace during his country's political transition and called on Egypt to embrace its diplomatic role in the troubled Middle East.Sisi met the 77-year old Francis at the start of his first European trip since ousting his Islamist predecessor and overseeing a crackdown that has killed hundreds.Boosted by its increasingly central role in combating Islamist militancy, Egypt has come in from the cold since Sisi won a presidential election in May after crushing both Islamist and secular opponents.
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