US troops withdrawal 'will not have security impact' on Afghanistan: Presidential spokesman

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 21, 2018, 05.17 PM(IST)

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The Pentagon is, however, mum on the development. In a reply to WION's question, Pentagon said, 'have nothing to provide.'

In the first official response, Afghanistan has stated that the withdrawal of US troops from the war-torn country will not affect its security, presidential spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri was quoted by news agency AFP on Friday. 

The spokesman added that in the last four years the Afghans have been in full control of the situation.  

"If they withdraw from Afghanistan it will not have a security impact because in the last four and half years the Afghans have been in full control," Chakhansuri said via social media. 

A day after US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of forces from Syria, media reports from the US said that Washington will be withdrawing 7,000 troops from Afghanistan

According to a New York Times report, "the Trump administration is withdrawing roughly 7,000 troops from Afghanistan in the coming months." 

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the development.

The Pentagon is, however, mum on the development. In a reply to WION's question, Pentagon said, "have nothing to provide."

The development can have a major impact in the region especially with India playing an important developmental role in the war-torn country.

(With inputs from AFP