In a brief notification addressed to the Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, the president has notified of the decision this Friday.
In 2012, the US designated the Central Asian country as a non-NATO strategic ally to facilitate the acquisition by the Kabul government, then an ally of Washington, of US military equipment.
With the revocation of Afghanistan’s status, the US will have 18 non-NATO strategic allies, including Argentina, Brazil, Israel, and Japan.
With this status, bilateral cooperation in defense matters was accelerated, as well as the sale of military equipment by facilitating exports from the United States.
The last country to achieve this status has been Colombia
Previously, the Armed Forces of Afghanistan, which depended heavily on the US to acquire weapons, already enjoyed some of these advantages, but with this designation it was guaranteed that they would continue over time.
However, the situation changed radically, when The US ended twenty years of war at the end of August 2021after a chaotic retreat and after the takeover by the Taliban of almost the entire country.
Washington withdrew its forces from Afghan territory, under an agreement reached between the insurgents and the Administration of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021).
Prior to Afghanistan, the US granted non-NATO strategic ally status to other nations including Australia, Egypt, Israel and Japan, and more recently this year to Colombia.