US names new ‘major non-NATO ally’

President Biden officially calls Colombia a ‘major’ partner, as Bogota offers military aid to Kiev

Joe Biden signed on Monday a memorandum naming Colombia a major non NATO ally of the United States. It is a unique status which will allow Bogota to enjoy multiple trade and defense benefits in relations with Washington.

The Biden Administration had pledged to Colombia special status back in March. However, this official announcement comes now. This coincides with South America’s offer to provide military assistance to Ukraine.

Colombian President Ivan Duque used Twitter after his country was named a major non NATO ally. praiseWashington “decision that reaffirms the good moment of our bilateral relations.”

Earlier on Monday, Colombian defense minister Diego Molano announced that a group of his country’s troops will help train Ukrainian soldiers on de-mining techniques, following a request from Washington.

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“This training will be given by 11 military engineers who will go to a NATO member country which is a neighbor of Ukraine,”The defense chief stated.

Nineteen countries around the globe have been given major non-NATO allies status, most recently Qatar. This status provides US partners economic privileges, including loans, cooperative research and exclusive defense contracts with NATO nations. This status however does not require any security commitments towards the countries designated.



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