04 Jul '11, 6am

Malaysia PM to meet pope, plans diplomatic links

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister plans to meet Pope Benedict XVI this month as part of efforts to establish diplomatic ties with the Vatican, a government official said Monday. It would be only the second meeting between a leader of Muslim-majority Malaysia and the pope. Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad met Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in 2002 for talks focusing on Christian-Muslim relations and the Middle East. The planned meeting comes following tensions between Malaysia's Muslims and religious minorities in recent years over complaints of religious discrimination. The Roman Catholic Church's newspaper in Malaysia has been embroiled in a protracted legal battle against a government ban on the use of "Allah" as a Malay-language translation for God. A representative of Prime Minister Najib Razak said a meeting with Benedict is scheduled for...

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