Pope, Obama agree to combat human trafficking

US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis on Thursday, March 27, 2014, agreed on a common commitment to eradicate human trafficking during a historic first meeting and discussed immigration reform, the Vatican said. -- PHOTO: AFP
US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis on Thursday, March 27, 2014, agreed on a common commitment to eradicate human trafficking during a historic first meeting and discussed immigration reform, the Vatican said. -- PHOTO: AFP

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis on Thursday agreed on a "common commitment" to eradicate human trafficking during a historic first meeting and discussed immigration reform, the Vatican said.

They also underlined the need for international law to be respected in conflict zones around the world and for "a negotiated solution between the parties involved", the Vatican said in a statement.