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‘No deal with Vatican on building churches in Saudi Arabia’

Pope Francis (C) is welcomed by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (L) and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R) upon his arrival to the presidential palace in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on 4 February 2019. [VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images]
Pope Francis (C) is welcomed by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (L) and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R) upon his arrival to the presidential palace in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on 4 February 2019. [VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images]

Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL), Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa said there is no deal between Saudi Arabia and the Vatican on building churches in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Issa said during an interview with Russia Today TV channel on Friday that reports of such a deal are “unfounded”, however, he explained that the League had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Vatican.

Al-Issa visited the Pope in the Vatican two years ago.

They discussed cooperation between the Vatican and the Islamic world on issues of peace and coexistence.

Al-Issa expressed the Islamic world’s appreciation of the Pope’s position in which he rejected linking extremism and violence to Islam.

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