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Pope brings Colombia president, main critic to talk peace

  • Pope Francis talks to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, right, and former President Alvaro Uribe during a meeting at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (Vincenzo Pinto /Pool Photo via AP)

    Pope Francis talks to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, right, and former President Alvaro Uribe during a meeting at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (Vincenzo Pinto /Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pope Francis welcomes Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos during a meeting at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (Vincenzo Pinto /Pool Photo via AP)

    Pope Francis welcomes Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos during a meeting at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (Vincenzo Pinto /Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pope Francis talks to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, right, and former President Alvaro Uribe during a meeting at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (Vincenzo Pinto /Pool Photo via AP)

    Pope Francis talks to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, right, and former President Alvaro Uribe during a meeting at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (Vincenzo Pinto /Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis has brought Colombia's president and his main political opponent together to discuss the country's rebel peace deal.

The Vatican distributed a photo of the three men sitting at Francis' desk Friday and said the meeting began at 12:35 p.m. (1135GMT).

Francis invited President Juan Manuel Santos and Santos' right-wing predecessor in the presidency, Alvaro Uribe, to discuss the country's peace accord with rebels.

Uribe, the country's most popular politician, led the campaign against Santos' deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that resulted in the accord's shock rejection in an October referendum. Santos then introduced several changes to appease his critics and even sat down for a meeting with Uribe for the first time in six years. But he still failed to win his former boss' support.