US confirms new ‘major non-NATO ally’

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

US President Joe Biden on Monday signed a memorandum designating Colombia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States, a special status that will grant Bogota multiple defense and commercial privileges in its relations with Washington.

Although the Biden administration pledged to grant Colombia special status in March, the official statement is only now coming, coinciding with the South American country’s offer of military aid to Ukraine.

After his country was named a major non-NATO ally, Colombian President Ivan Duque took to Twitter to to rent out washington for one “decision that reaffirms the good timing of our bilateral relations.”

Earlier Monday, Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano announced that a group of soldiers from his country will help train Ukrainian soldiers in mine clearance techniques, following a request from Washington.

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“This training will be provided by 11 military engineers who will travel to a NATO member country neighboring Ukraine,” he added. said the chief of defense.

Major non-NATO ally status has been granted to 19 nations around the world, most recently including Qatar. It offers American partners economic privileges such as loans, cooperative research and even exclusive defense contracts with NATO countries. The status, however, does not imply any security commitment to the designated countries.


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