Vatican to name first representative in Vietnam

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Vietnam has agreed that the Vatican names a non-resident representative to the country in a sign of positive development in bilateral relations.

The agreement was reached in talks between senior government officials and church representatives of the Vietnam-Vatican Joint Working Group held in Vatican on June 23-24.

The meeting was co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Cuong and the Vatican's Undersecretary for Relations with States Ettore Balestrero, according to a government statement.

Both sides agreed that positive developments have taken place in various areas of Catholic life in Vietnam, especially in the Holy Year of 2010. They also hailed recent improvements in bilateral relations, highlighted by talks between Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet and Pope Benedict in December last year.

They also agreed that the next meeting of the working group will be held in Vietnam at a date to be announced later.

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