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Pope quotes Putin’s criticism of Western intervention in Afghanistan… believing broadside against imposing values came from Merkel


September 1, 2021

Pope Francis has unwittingly backed President Vladimir Putin’s condemnation of the American-led invasion of Afghanistan, citing the Russian leader’s words in the belief they had been spoken by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In an interview with Spanish radio station COPE on Wednesday, the head of the Catholic Church was asked his views on the chaos that has unfolded in the region since Kabul fell to the Taliban last month.

According to the pontiff, he had seen wisdom in comments from Merkel, and attempted to translate them into Spanish for listeners. “It is necessary to put an end to the irresponsible policy of intervening from the outside and building democracy in other countries, ignoring the traditions of the people,” Francis cited.

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