Saturday, February 21, 2009

Times of India: India sidesteps US invite re Afganistan/Pakistan

India will officially keep its position of an "interested bystander" watching the unfolding events in this theatre. 

India sought and received an assurance from the US that its decisions and policies in this region would not make India a "target". In other words, India doesn't want to be unpleasantly surprised by a set of events that adversely affects Indian interests in Afghanistan. 

The US right now is furious with Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai for consistently hitting out at America but is equally wary of the Pakistan government particularly after the ill-advised "peace deal" with the Taliban in Swat Valley. 

It's no secret the Obama administration wants Karzai to go. 

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