Pope warns of ‘dan­ger­ous al­liances’ among pow­ers

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pope Fran­cis said yes­ter­day that the G20 sum­mit in Ger­many “wor­ries” him be­cause of the po­ten­tial for “very dan­ger­ous al­liances” among world lead­ers, with par­tic­u­larly dire con­se­quences for mi­grants. “I worry about very dan­ger­ous al­liances be­tween pow­ers which have a dis­torted vi­sion of the world: Amer­ica and Rus­sia, China and North Korea, (Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir) Putin and (Syria’s Bashar Al-) As­sad over the war in Syria,” the pope said in an in­ter­view with Italy’s La Repub­blica news­pa­per. “The dan­ger con­cerns im­mi­gra­tion. Our main and un­for­tu­nately grow­ing prob­lem in the world to­day is that of the poor, the weak, the ex­cluded, which in­cludes mi­grants,” he said, point­ing to coun­tries which “fear an in­va­sion of mi­grants.”

“This is why the G20 wor­ries me: It mainly hits im­mi­grants,” he said. Con­cern­ing Europe, the “rich­est con­ti­nent in the whole world” which has faced an in­flux of hun­dreds of thou­sands of mi­grants and refugees since 2015, the pope warned its lead­ers not to fall prey to the il­lu­sion that it is pos­si­ble to seal its bor­ders. On Fri­day, Fran­cis had urged G20 lead­ers to work to­ward “more in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able global eco­nomic growth,” while also high­light­ing the plight of some 30 mil­lion peo­ple trapped in con­flict and famine, es­pe­cially in Africa and Ye­men.

— AP

HAMBURG: Protesters carry a ban­ner with the im­age of the im­pris­oned Kur­dish leader Ab­dul­lah Ocalan at the ‘Border­less Sol­i­dar­ity rather than G20’ demon­stra­tion in Hamburg, Ger­many yes­ter­day.

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