Pope Francis warned world leaders at the G20 summit against forming ‘dangerous alliances’ that could harm migrants and the poor.
Francis said, ‘I worry about very dangerous alliances among powers that have a distorted vision of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, Putin and Assad in the war in Syria’ in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
He added that the summit in Hamburg, Germany worried him, and advised Europe not to close its borders off to migrants.
Francis, the first non-European pope in 1,300 years, said: ‘Our main and unfortunately growing problem in the world today is that of the poor, the weak, the excluded, which includes migrants.’
‘This is why the G20 worries me: It mainly hits immigrants,’ he added.
On Friday, Francis reminded world leaders of the 30 million people trapped in conflict and famine, especially in Africa and Yemen.
He also called Europe the ‘richest continent in the whole world’ and urged it not to close off its borders.
European Union states are at odds over how to cope with a huge influx of migrants, many fleeing war and poverty in Syria, Afghanistan and other countries.