Blinken invites Lapid for Washington visit next month


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Blinken invites Lapid for Washington visit next month
Invitation comes during phone call between top diplomats and aims to follow up on progress made during Bennett’s White House meeting with Biden
By Jacob Magid and TOI staff

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has invited Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to visit Washington, the State Department said Tuesday. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the invitation was issued during a phone call between the two on Monday “to continue conversations following Prime Minister (Naftali) Bennett’s recent visit and to exchange Rosh Hashanah greetings.”

“Secretary Blinken invited Minister Lapid to visit Washington soon. The Secretary and the Minister also underscored the importance of consultations on regional and security topics, including on Afghanistan, Iran, and China,” Price said.

On Monday, Lapid’s office said that the foreign minister praised the Biden administration’s evacuation of Afghanistan, in what appeared to be an attempt to paper over criticism he voiced over the withdrawal last week. Lapid and Blinken also discussed Israeli efforts to ease pressure in the Gaza Strip while maintaining security, and Iran’s nuclear program. The two agreed to meet next month, Lapid’s office said.