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Biden's Asia policy

Harris 'focused' on Afghan evacuation as Asia eyes US credibility

Singapore's Lee says regional perceptions will depend on how America 'repositions'

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hold a joint news conference in Singapore on Aug. 23.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- The U.S. is "focused" on evacuation operations from Afghanistan, Vice President Kamala Harris said on Monday during her trip to Singapore, as its retreat from the Central Asian country raised questions about the credibility of U.S. commitments.

"Right now, we are singularly focused on evacuating American citizens, Afghans who worked with us and Afghans who are vulnerable, including women and children," Harris said at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, when asked to assess what went wrong with the withdrawal. "We cannot be in any way distracted from what must be our primary mission right now."

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