WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Senator John McCain appealed Friday to President Barack Obama to stay engaged in Afghanistan, warning that a hasty troop withdrawal would jeopardize warming ties with India.
The senior Republican senator from Arizona pledged support for India across the US political divide in an address delivered just as Obama flew off for a trip meant to breathe new life into the relationship.
But McCain, whose Republican Party made strong gains in congressional elections Tuesday, warned Obama against pulling out of Afghanistan "before positive conditions can be shaped and sustained on the ground."
The consequences would "certainly be terrible for us, but they will even be worse for India, which will have a terrorist safe haven on its periphery," McCain said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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