US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has invited Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to visit Washington, the State Department said Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters, 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.... Read More: Times of Israel