WATCH: PM in first meeting with Pope at the Vatican

Prime Minister Robert Abela is at the Vatican for his first meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis.

At around 10.15am, Dr Abela was welcomed at Cortile San Damaso by Mons Leonardo Sapienza, Reggente Prefettura della Casa Pontificia.

The visit is expected to continue with a private audience with Pope Francis.

Afterwards, the Pope is expected to meet with the Maltese delegation which consists of the Prime Minister, his wife, Dr Lydia Abela and their daughter Giorgia Mae as well as Foreign Affairs Minister Evarist Bartolo and the Maltese ambassador to the Vatican, Frank Zammit.