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Lapid: US pullout from Afghanistan was probably right decision, done wrongly

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Rome, on June 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Rome, on June 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

In a mild criticism, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid suggests the US withdrawal from Afghanistan could have been better executed.

Speaking to the foreign press, Lapid is asked: “When you see America, Israel’s key ally, in such visible retreat in such a manner, you must be very concerned?”

Lapid replies: “Well, I think the entire globe was concerned, and first and foremost the Americans themselves. It didn’t happen the way it was supposed to happen.

“And then again… it was probably the right decision maybe that wasn’t performed in the right manner and yet I suggest everyone listen to President Biden’s last speech about the necessity of the move itself.”

“I don’t think we yet understand completely all the consequences of this move, of this retreat… I think we should wait a little before we jump to conclusions” about its effect on the region, he says.

 

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