In a letter to Congress dated July 6th, US President Joe Biden stated that he officially intended to revoke Afghanistan’s designation as a major non-NATO ally.
“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,” president Biden wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The United States designated Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally in 2012, paving the groundwork for the two nations to continue their defense and economic ties.
As a non-NATO ally, there is no mutual defense guarantee, in contrast to the NATO allies of the US, who are tied together by a joint defense agreement.
Afghanistan’s ally status has allowed for expedited sales and leases of military equipment even after NATO forces had left, as well as eligibility for military training and assistance.
Nearly a year has passed since the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which the United States had supported, was overthrown by Taliban forces in Kabul, which prompted the Defense and State Departments under Biden’s administration to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.