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Iranian woman cyclist touring round the world to promote peace

An Iranian woman, who intends to pedal round the world to promote peace and friendship, met in Vatican City on Friday with Vatican officials in a symbolic gesture of understanding between Islam and Christianity, IRNA reported.

Pupeh Mahdavi-Nader met with Msgr. Renato Martino, the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, who acknowledged the cyclist's drive to establish herself as the "spokesperson of peace".

Mahdavi-Nader sets off on her global tour next week, starting from St. Peter's Square here. The 30-year-old cyclist plans to pedal across Italy, up into France before heading to England.

From there, she will take a plane to the United States which holds no diplomatic relations with Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

After touring US, Mahdavi-Nader will fly to Japan to cycle round that country. She will then proceed to New Zealand, China, India and Oman.

The cyclist will round off her tour in Saudi Arabia by making a pilgrimage to Mecca, the first holy place for Muslims.

She also aims to collect funds for refugees as well as capture peaks in France, US, Japan and New Zealand.

... Payvand News - 4/12/03 ... --

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