US revokes Afghanistan’s designation as non-NATO ally

More than a year after the Taliban seized control of Kabul, US President Joe Biden has terminated Afghanistan’s status as a significant non-NATO ally.

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More than a year after the Taliban seized control of Kabul, US President Joe Biden has terminated Afghanistan’s status as a significant non-NATO ally.

Afghanistan was officially recognised by the US as a major non-NATO ally (MNNA) in 2012, which paved the door for the two nations to continue their defence and trade ties.

With regard to equipment and facilities for defence and security, Afghanistan received a number of facilities and concessions as a result of the designation.

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“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 517 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961,…I hereby terminate the designation of Afghanistan as a Major Non-NATO Ally of the United States for the purposes of the Act and the Arms Export Control Act,” Biden said in a presidential memorandum to the Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Following Biden’s withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan last year, which put an end to nearly 20 years of conflict, Afghanistan’s position has changed.

The Taliban, who have repeatedly assured the international community that they will preserve the rights of women and girls while simultaneously taking away many of their freedoms and protections, quickly regained control of Afghanistan.

In 1987, the MNNA status was first established. According to the State Department, the US will now have 18 significant non-NATO partners after Afghanistan’s designation was revoked.

Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, South Korea, Thailand, and Tunisia are the US’ non-NATO allies.

Earlier this month US Congressman, Ro Khanna, tabled a proposal in the Congress to make India a non-NATO ally due to rising military cooperation and India acting as a counterbalance against China.

Loans of material, supplies, or equipment for joint research, development, testing, or assessment are permitted to a significant non-NATO ally. In addition, they are qualified to host US-owned War Reserve Stockpiles on their soil outside of US military installations.