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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

When Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed met Pope Francis at the Vatican back in 2016 - in pictures

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince was joined at Vatican City by other UAE dignitaries

After the announcement that Pope Francis is to visit the UAE in February, we take a look back at when Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, visited Vatican City in 2016.

On that occasion he was joined by a host of UAE dignitaries, including Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO and managing director, Mubadala, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority.

The Vatican and UAE have enjoyed diplomatic relations since 2007 and in 2010, the country appointed its first woman ambassador to the Vatican, Hissa Al Otaiba, who remains in the post today.

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