2009-03-23 16:22:00

Russian, Vatican foreign ministers discuss international, humanitarian issues

Moscow, March 23, Interfax - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Vatican counterpart Archbishop Dominique Mamberti have called for the supremacy of law in the resolution of international problems.

"The sides stressed the need for collective actions and the supremacy of international law in the resolution of international problems. They also confirmed the similarity of their views on a number of world problems, including the response to new threats and challenges and humanitarian cooperation," says a Russian Foreign Ministry report received by Interfax.

Mamberti is paying a visit to Moscow.

"Much attention was given to the development of dialogs between civilizations and Churches, and the suppression of extremism and religious intolerance," the ministry said.

The officials discussed topical international issues, among them the new European security architecture, the financial crisis and cooperation at the UN and other international organizations. Regional crises, among them the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Balkans, were also on the agenda.

The discussion of bilateral issues focused on cooperation in culture, science and education, including preparations for a joint exhibition of Christian art.