The Vatican has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Arab League, in a bid to strengthen political and cultural understanding. The Vatican memorandum was signed by senior Vatican official Dominique Mamberti, and Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League. “The agreement further consolidates the existing ties of collaboration between the Holy See and the League of Arab States, especially at a political and cultural level, in favor of peace, security and stability, both regionally and internationally,” said a statement. The agreement comes as Catholic bishops across Europe prepare to meet Muslim leaders to promote dialogue at a conference to be held in the French city of Bordeaux.
The President of the Spanish Islamic Council, Mansur Escudero, praised the position of General Secretary of the Arabic League Amr Moussa that the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba should accept the Muslim praying in its facilities. Such action, according to Escudero, would promote interfaith dialogue and should be understood as a positive action of proximity and not as a confrontation.