Biden wants to repeal Afghanistan’s designation as a key ally outside NATO



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President Joe Biden said in a letter to Congress on Wednesday that he would officially repeal Afghanistan’s designation as a key non-NATO ally.

In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the President wrote: “In accordance with Article 517 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (22 USC 2321k), I announce my intention to repeal the designation of Afghanistan as a Major Ally not. -NATO. ”

In 2012, the United States named Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally, paving the way for the two countries to maintain a defense and economic relationship. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the appointment during a visit to Kabul.

Unlike NATO allies in the United States, which are bound together by a common defense pact, there is no mutual defense guarantee as a non-NATO ally. These allies are entitled to receive material and supply loans, as well as serve as a place for U.S.-owned war reserve stocks. In addition, private companies from the designated country may bid for contracts for the maintenance, repair, or overhaul of U.S. military equipment abroad.

Allied status had enabled Afghanistan to receive military training and assistance, including speeding up the sale and leasing of military equipment, even after NATO troops left the country.

With Afghanistan’s status revoked, the United States will have 18 major non-NATO allies, according to the State Department. They are: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, South Korea, Thailand and Tunisia.

The United States designated Colombia and Qatar as non-NATO allies earlier this year.

The change in Afghanistan’s status follows Biden’s withdrawal of US troops from the country last year, ending nearly 20 years of war.

Afghanistan quickly fell back into the hands of the Taliban, who have repeatedly given assurances to the international community that they will protect the rights of women and girls, while depriving many of their freedoms and protection.

This story has been updated with further details.

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