Officials said they appreciated a comment by Pope Francis Sunday in which the head of the Roman Catholic Church spoke of efforts to repair strained relations between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, in light of an International Court of Justice decision Wednesday.
Vatican Radio quoted the pope as saying “I hope that a renewed spirit of fraternity will further strengthen the dialogue and mutual cooperation,” between the two countries and throughout the whole region.
The pope spoke to those gathered beneath the window of the papal apartments in Vatican City.
Vatican Radio said he appealed for peace in Syria, calling on the international community to realize in concrete action the endorsement of a U.N.-sponsored roadmap toward peace in the war-torn nation. He also expressed hope for a national unity government in Libya, said the Vatican.
Casa Presidencial quickly issued a two-paragraph statement echoing the pope’s sentiments on relations with Nicaragua.