The Vatican has denied making a deal with Saudi Arabia to build churches for Christian worshippers in the Arab country.
Reports in Middle Eastern media claimed a historic agreement had been made between Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Mohammed bin Abdel Karim Al-Issa of the Muslim World League.
But a spokesperson for the Vatican said the report was ‘false’.
The Vatican denies agreeing deal with Saudi Arabia to build churches for Christians living in the Muslim country
Earlier in April, Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue at the Vatican, had signed a cooperation agreement on achieving common objectives.
Tauran praised the efforts of the MWL in leading initiatives to strengthen relationships and build bridges between religions.
The agreement emphasized the need for promoting dialogue in a world that has become more versatile in terms of race, religions and cultures.
It also called for strengthening religious and spiritual ties between Christians and Muslims, and establishing fruitful relationships based on respect and peace between them.