Pope Francis Confused Putin’s Speech on Western Involvement in Afghanistan With Merkel’s Words

Pope Francis has slammed the way Western countries carried out the intervention in Afghanistan by citing what he believed to be the words of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, while in fact, they belonged to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sputnik reports.  

When the Pope responded to a question about Afghanistan in one of his interviews, he claimed to be citing Merkel as saying, “It is necessary to put an end to the irresponsible policy of intervening from outside and building democracy in other countries, ignoring the traditions of the peoples.”

It is noted that the German chancellor has never said those words, but rather she noted that Western countries had failed in their project of helping the Afghan people to produce a “collective position for own future”. At the same time, the Pope almost word-for-word repeated the thought of Vladimir Putin that he expressed following his meeting with Merkel on August 20.

It was reminded that this is not the first time Pope Francis has expressed his stance on the situation in Afghanistan, previously calling on the sides of the internal conflict to end hostilities as the Taliban was carrying out its offensive against Kabul’s forces.

Ru-Main, 02.09.2021 

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