December 21, 2014
Ahead of meeting with UK's Queen Elizabeth, Pope expresses support for Malvinas dialogue
In the sidelines of his weekly audience at the St. Peter's square, Pope Francis met Argentina’s Malvinas Secretary Daniel Filmus and expressed his hopes for Buenos Aires and London to resume sovereignty talks over the South Atlantic territories.
In statements to the Télam state-run news agency, ex senator Filmus explained the Argentine pontiff showed interest in the progress Argentina is making in its long-standing dispute with the United Kingdom over the British-seized territories.
“Pope Francis urged for the need of moving toward the search of dialogue and I told him precisely that for Argentina’s government the only alternative is to continue working toward the path of support to bilateral dialogue with the UK,” the Kirchnerite official said.
Duing his Vatican visit - that comes only days ahead the head of the Roman Catholic Church meets UK's Queen Elizabeth -, Daniel Filmus handed the pope a book about the Malvinas Islands’ flora and fauna.
Among other presents, there was a book about priest Lorenzo Massa, the founder of the Argentine soccer team both Filmus and the pontiff are fans of.