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Don't worry about US withdrawal from Afghanistan: former NSA

IANS  |  New Delhi 

should not worry about US military withdrawal from if it wants to be seen "as a great power", former (NSA) said.

"We are not the only one who will be affected if the worst happens. Though I don't think that's going to happen," said on Tuesday night during a discussion organised by the

said it was and not that should worry about.

Menon, who was the NSA when was the Prime Minister, said a military withdrawal from had been on the US foreign policy radar since the time of former India's fear over it was misplaced.

"Have you ever seen an Afghan terrorist? You see Pakistani terrorists. Our problem is Pakistan, not Afghanistan," he added.

Menon said if allowed itself to be fear-struck over the US withdrawal of troops, then it had "no right to be regarded as a great power".

On Indo-US relations, Menon said the two countries were seeing the "best years" of their friendship since independence. He also said that the rise of as a great power will only bode well for India as US interests will match more with New Delhi's.

"The source of danger now is economic," he said, referring to the protectionist trade policies of US

On US' failure to share technology, especially military, with India, Meera Shankar, a former to the US, said: "There's a little reluctance on the part of the US on sharing technology because it thinks 'we created China, we don't want to make the same mistake with India now'."

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 14:40 IST
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