Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was yesterday, Thursday received in audience by Pope Francis in the apostolic palace.
This was related in statement by the Vatican press office.
During the discussions, the two leaders expressed satisfaction for existing good bilateral relations while analysing the situation in the West African country, with particular reference to humanitarian and security issues.
Both leaders admitted that Mali has been endangered by the spread of religious radicalism and terrorism.
Other issues on the sideline of the visit include, regional and international interest, growing food insecurity in the Sahel region, the phenomenon of migration, and peacekeeping in western Africa.
President Keita afterward met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by His Excellency Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.