U.S. drops Macron’s reference to ‘moral responsibility’ from readout of Afghanistan call

U.S. drops Macron’s reference to ‘moral responsibility’ from readout of Afghanistan call
Pres. Emmanuel Macron participates in a videoconference at the Élysée Palace in Feb 2021. Élysée Palace video, YouTube

[Ed. – An oversight, surely.]

The White House’s readout of a call between Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron on the crisis in Afghanistan leaves out an impassioned plea from the French president that the US and its allies have a “moral responsibility” to evacuate Afghan allies.

The French government’s readout of the conversation was released on Friday, a day after the call took place, and indicates that Macron emphasised ensuring the safe evacuation of Afghan citizens who assisted American and European troops over the past 20 years at great risk to themselves and their families.

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The White House version, however, made no mention of a “moral responsibility” to evacuate Afghan allies.

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