US omits Macron’s plea for ‘moral responsibility’ from record of Afghanistan call

• French readout of call with Biden included phrase

• Macron said of Afghan allies: ‘We cannot abandon them’

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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