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Australia 'concerned' about US plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan: FM

IANS  |  Canberra 

Australia's said on Monday the nation has a "great concern" about the US plan to withdraw troops from

American media in December reported that US was preparing to pull up to half of the 14,000 troops serving in out of the country.

In the strongest comments from an Australian since the announcement, Payne said that was concerned about the plan, reported.

"Although there is more to do, I think it would be of great concern to if key partners were to change directions at this point of time," she said.

Peter Leahy, who served as of the between 2002 and 2008, said that the uncertainty over the future of the US commitment to the should lead to re-thinking the alliance.

"It makes it considerably more difficult in that going with the Trump gut reaction is no way to build and sustain a strategy," he told Australia.

"If we find ourselves in a situation where we make a commitment and the US change their strategy almost at Mr. Trump's will, what are we to do?

"The other issue is that Australia needs to think about the long-term viability of the US as an ally."

Leahy, who is now the of the at the University of Canberra, said that the US abandoning "could" put Australians in danger.



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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 07:38 IST