US President Joe Biden has recently informed Congress of his intention to officially rescind Afghanistan’s designation as a Major Non‑NATO Ally (MNNA).
“In accordance with section 517 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2321k), I am providing notice of my intent to rescind the designation of Afghanistan as a Major Non‑NATO Ally,” Biden wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In 2012, the then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a surprise visit to the Afghan capital Kabul announced Afghanistan as major non-NATO ally, paying the way for the two countries to maintain a defense and economic relationship.
With its status with MNNA, Afghanistan would have been benefited in areas of defense trade and security cooperation
The change in Afghanistan’s status came after Biden ended its 20 years presence in the country and withdrew all of its troops last year.
The Taliban group swiftly seized control of Afghanistan on Aug. 15, 2021, in which former President Ashraf Ghani and other top officials fled the country.
There is no comment from the current Taliban regime, a group which yes to be recognized by the US and international community.
After removal of Afghanistan, now the US has 18 major non-NATO allies, namely Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, South Korea, Thailand and Tunisia.
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