Vatican summons The US and Israeli ambassadors

A senior Vatican diplomat expresses concern for the Holy See regarding “possible unilateral actions that could jeopardize the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”

The Vatican summoned the ambassadors of the United States and Israel to express the Holy See’s concern over Israel’s actions to extend its sovereignty to settlements in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley.

The Vatican statement said Tuesday met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, US Ambassador Callista Gingrich and Israeli Ambassador Oren David.

The Vatican’s statement reaffirmed its position in support of the decision to create two states: “Israel and Palestine have the right to exist and live in peace and security within internationally recognized borders.”

The Vatican called on Israelis and Palestinians to do everything possible to resume the process of direct negotiations based on UN resolutions.