VATICAN CITY, 20 NOV 2009 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office released the following communique at midday today:
"This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace Runaldo Ronald Venetiaan, president of the Republic of Suriname, was received in audience by His Holiness Benedict XVI. The president subsequently went on to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. who was accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.
"The cordial meetings provided an opportunity for a fruitful exchange of opinions on questions concerning the current international and regional situation.
"Attention then focused on certain aspects of the situation in Suriname, in particular on the social policies being introduced by the government, on the defence of the environment and on fields of collaboration between Church and State".
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