Dakar, 06 May, 2020 / 6:05 am (ACI Africa).
Senegal’s President Macky Sall has recounted his discussion with Pope Francis at the beginning of this week, terming it as “constructive” and mutually enriching.
“I had a constructive conversation with His Holiness Pope Francis on Monday. I welcome our convergence of views on the cancellation of debt and his response to the pandemic through his call for the universality of prayer, fraternity, and solidarity,” President Sall Tweeted Monday, May 4, referencing Pope Francis’ response to COVID-19 crisis.
While giving his traditional Urbi et Orbi message on Easter Sunday, Pope Francis challenged the nations of the world to put an end to indifference, self-centeredness, division, and forgetfulness and instead, spread hope.
In his message, the Holy Father also called for the relaxation of international sanctions and appealed for “the reduction, if not the forgiveness, of the debt burdening the balance sheets of the poorest nations.”
President Sall stated that Pope Francis’ appeal for unity in the fight against the new coronavirus is because “conflicts in the world and the crisis linked to COVID-19 shows how much we must remain mobilized so that the human being and humanity are at the heart of priorities at the national and global levels.”