Turkey's Erdogan arrives in Vatican

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan flew to Italy on Sunday ahead of talks with Pope Francis that are expected to centre on Jerusalem after U.S. President Donald Trump recognised the holy city as the capital of Israel.

At the end of the meet, Erdogan said he hoped that pope would keep him in his prayers.

Before his departure from Turkey, Erdogan said he and Vatican leaders would discuss Palestine, Jerusalem, Syria, Iraq, counterterrorism, refugee issues and humanitarian aid.

Turkish President met on Monday to discuss and the fallout from US President 's decision to recognise the holy city as the capital of Israel.

However, sympathizers of the Kurdish cause weren't the only ones to criticize the Turkish president's visit.

Erdogan's the meeting with the pope today was the first of a Turkish leader in 59 years.

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The Vatican said Mr Erdogan and Francis also discussed Turkey's "reception of the many refugees and the challenges linked to this".

Both President Erdogan and the Pope have expressed their concern about President Donald Trump's Jerusalem decision, given it flouts long standing worldwide agreements on bringing peace to the Holy Land.

The Holy See says that both agreed on the need to promote peace in the Middle East through dialogue and negotiation, with respect for human rights and worldwide law. Anti-migrant and Euroskeptic League leader Matteo Salvini said Monday he was "ashamed" that Italy was hosting a visit by Erdogan. "This gift symbolizes a world based on peace and justice".

The Turkish military suffered its highest number of casualties in a single day on February 3-4, when 10 soldiers were killed in a 24-hour period. He also communicated with the pope that a concrete example of these efforts is the recent renovation of 14 churches and a synagogue in Turkey.

Party President Giorgia Meloni said the Italian people sought to send a message to Turkey by rejecting Turkey's interest in joining the European Union.

  • Adam Floyd