The Vatican has denied making a deal with Saudi Arabia to build churches for Christian worshippers in the Arab country.
Reports in Middle Eastern media claimed a historic agreement had been made between Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Mohammed bin Abdel Karim Al-Issa of the Muslim World League.
But a spokesperson for the Vatican said the report was ‘false’.
The reports of the supposed agreement to build churches emerged in Egypt Independent.
The cardinal has visited Saudi Arabia this year and met the royal family, urging the Muslim country to treat its citizens equally.
Saudi Arabia’s anti-extremism Etidal centre hosted Cardinal Tauran as the crown prince pushes for inter-religious exchange in the ultra-conservative Sunni kingdom.
There are no Christian churches in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the region without one.