PHOTOS: Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry delegation meets Pope at Vatican

Pope Francis shakes hands with Abdullah bin Fahd al-Luhaidan during a private audience at the Vatican, November 22, 2017. (Reuters)

A Saudi official delegation headed by Adviser to Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Dr. Abdullah Bin Fahd al-Luhaidan met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Saudi Press Agency said Thursday.

Pope Francis exchange gifts with Abdullah bin Fahad Allaidan on November 22, 2017. (Reuters)

Pope Francis exchange gifts with Abdullah bin Fahad Allaidan on November 22, 2017. (Reuters)

During the meeting, the delegation conveyed the greetings and appreciation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, the government and people of Saudi Arabia to the Pope.

This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (C) posing with the delegation of Abdullah bin Fahad Allaidan at the Vatican on November 22, 2017. (AFP)

This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (C) posing with the delegation of Abdullah bin Fahad Allaidan at the Vatican on November 22, 2017. (AFP)

The delegation stressed that this visit was to express the Kingdom’s appreciation to the Pope for his sincere positions and statements calling for peace and coexistence, rejection of linking religions to terrorism and affirming sincere and deep desire to promote a culture of dialogue and peaceful coexistence among all followers of religions and cultures.

This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (L) during an audience with Abdullah bin Fahd al-Luhaidan on November 22, 2017 at the Vatican. (AFP)

This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (L) during an audience with Abdullah bin Fahd al-Luhaidan on November 22, 2017 at the Vatican. (AFP)

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on November 24, 2017.

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