14 September 2014

Vietnam, Vatican Explore Prospects of Restoring Full Ties

Vietnam, Vatican Explore Prospects of Restoring Full Ties (Radio Free Asia, 10 September 2014)

Excerpt:
Officials from Vietnam and the Vatican began two-day talks Wednesday on prospects of restoring full diplomatic ties as a respected local bishop acknowledged that “conflicts” between the government and church have decreased. The two sides said the meeting in the Vietnamese capital was “to deepen and develop bilateral relations between Vietnam and the Holy See.” Vietnam and the Holy See—the government of the Catholic Church— have not had formal diplomatic relations since Vietnam’s communist government took over in 1975, but have been working toward closer ties since resuming dialogue in 2007 with the establishment of a Joint Working Group.

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