Kamala Harris Pledges To Make Evacuating Afghans Her 'Highest Priority'

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Preparing to depart the Vietnamese capital, Vice President Kamala Harris has pledged U.S. aid to support at-risk Afghanistan women and children.

“There’s no question that any of us who are paying attention are concerned about that issue in Afghanistan,” Harris told reporters as she completed her trip to southeast Asia.

The Vice President's statement added to comments she delivered during a press conference earlier in the day. As she described, evacuating refugees is the Biden administration's "highest priority."

"Each day and night we continue to evacuate thousands, understanding it’s risky for them to be there," Harris told a group of reporters in Hanoi as she explained that the U.S. has evacuated more than 80,000 people this month.

"[It's a] dangerous, difficult mission but it must be seen through and we intend to see it through as best we can."

Her efforts to offer U.S. aid did not end with assisting refugees in Afghanistan. She also confirmed that America will offer an additional one million COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam. In addition, the U.S. will provide $23 million in emergency funding through the CDC and the United States Agency for International Development. Not to mention, she publicly supported sending additional U.S. Coast Guard troops to the South China Sea in an effort to help Vietnam's interest in the area.

"We need to find ways to pressure and raise the pressure, frankly, on Beijing to abide by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and to challenge its bullying and excessive maritime claims," Harris added.

“When it comes to Beijing, let me be very clear. We welcome stiff competition, we do not seek conflict, but on issues like you raise, the South China Sea, we are going to speak up.”

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