McConnell Speaks with Afghanistan’s Ambassador Raz

LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement after speaking with Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Adela Raz:

 “I just spoke to Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Adela Raz. We had an urgent conversation about the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

“This debacle was not only foreseeable, it was foreseen. The President and his team actively decided against a far more responsible approach to preserving our national security interests and protecting our Afghan partners.

“With that said, it is not too late to prevent the Taliban from overrunning Kabul. The Administration should move quickly to hammer Taliban advances with air strikes, provide critical support to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) defending the capital, and prevent the seemingly imminent fall of the city.

“If they fail to do so, the security threat to the United States will assuredly grow and the humanitarian cost to innocent Afghans will be catastrophic.”

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