Pope calls for ‘stable peace’ on visit to Azerbaijan

October 2, 2016 11:23 PM

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Pope calls for ‘stable peace’ on visit to Azerbaijan

BAKU: Pope Francis on Sunday called for a "stable peace" as he visited mainly Muslim Azerbaijan, several months after pushing for an end to a festering territorial feud while in arch-foe Armenia.

The pontiff met in private with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev -- who is accused by rights groups of ruthlessly stamping out dissent in the energy-rich country -- before addressing a gathering of government officials.

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