Pope Francis, quoting Russian President Vladimir Putin on the situation in Afghanistan, praised German Chancellor Angela Merkel as “one of the best men in world politics”.
The error occurred during an interview aired this Wednesday on the Spanish radio station COPE in which he discussed the crisis in the Asian country. With the withdrawal of U.S. troops and their NATO allies and the population “left to their own devices”, Francisco responded: “From what is seen here they are not taken into account, it seems I do not want to judge,” Not all events are taken into account”.
He later quoted the phrase as saying, “This is his turn.”
However, the Russian president uttered the phrase during a meeting with the German chancellor, who was strongly critical of the imposition of democratic values by the West.
“We must put an end to the irresponsible policy of imposing foreign values on the outside,” Putin said after the meeting with Merkel, with the aim of building democracy in other countries in line with foreign axis, without regard to historical, national and religious identities and completely ignoring the traditions of those people.
In Wednesday’s interview, the Catholic leader continued: “I do not know whether it will be reconsidered or not, but there were certainly a lot of disappointments on the part of the new authorities.
On Sunday, Francisco had already spoken out about the Afghan crisis. “I follow with great concern the situation in Afghanistan.
(With information from EFE)