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Posted by African Press International on September 11, 2007

Khartoum (Sudan) Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir will on Thursday 13 September, begin an official visit to the Vatican and Italy at the head of a high-ranking delegation and during which he will hold talks with Pope Benedict XVI and the Italian President and Prime Minister, sources said on Sunday.

Sudanese ambassador to France and non-resident ambassador to the Vatican Ahmed Hamid al-Faki said that a number of issues would be discussed during the visit including boosting the relations between Sudan and the Vatican and how to promote inter-religious dialogue.

Sudan would brief Vatican on progress of the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the efforts it was making in realizing peace in Darfur including the religious coexistence in Sudan and the inter-religious dialogue.

The high-level delegation comprises a number of ministers and senior government officials, Islamic and Christian clergymen, businessmen and heads of media institutions.

The Vatican has a resident embassy in Khartoum since May 1972 and to which Sudan intends to reciprocate. A delegation from the Vatican participated in the Islamic-Christian Dialogue Conference in Khartoum recently.

The Apostolic Nuncio of the Vatican to Sudan, Archbishop Bocardi has affirmed the importance of the visit of President Omer Al-Bashir to the Vatican next Thursday.

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