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US withdrawal from Afghanistan not worrisome: Former NSA Menon

India should not worry about US military withdrawal from Afghanistan if it wants to be seen "as a great power", former National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon said.
Jan 10, 2019
NEW DELHI: India should not worry about US military withdrawal from Afghanistan if it wants to be seen "as a great power", former National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon said.
 
"We are not the only ones who will be affected if the worst happens. Though I don't think that's going to happen," Menon said late Tuesday at a discussion organised by the Indo-American Friendship Association. 
 
It was Pakistan and not Afghanistan that India needed to worry about. "Have you ever seen an Afghan terrorist? You see Pakistani terrorists. Our problem is Pakistan, not Afghanistan." he said. 
 
 
India and  US relations, he said, were seeing the "best years" of their friendship since independence and the rise of China as a great power could only bode well for India as US interests would more closely match Indian interests.

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