Biden said in a letter to the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Iam providing notice to rescind the designation of Afghanistan as a Major Non‑NATO Ally.
A country’s status as a Major Non-NATO Ally is an expression of a particularly close relationship that the United States has with a country and a recognition of the two country’s collaboration in the face of shared challenges. This is not the case with Afghanistan in 2022.
This announcement simply formalizes the practice that has been in place since August 2021.
The benefits and privileges a country may receive as a result of being designated a Major Non-NATO Ally are discretionary and Afghanistan has received no such benefits since the Taliban took Kabul.
The Biden-Harris Administration’s Afghanistan policy is focused on keeping Americans safe from terrorism, mitigating the impact of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the suffering of the Afghan people, and supporting the relocation of our Afghan allies to their new homes.
The President’s decision to terminate this designation is symbolic since Afghanistan was not receiving any of the tangible benefits that can flow from being declared a Major Non-NATO Ally.
In July 2012, the US named Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally, which made it easier for Kabul to receive defense equipment from Washington.
The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan after taking Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021, forcing President Ashraf Ghani and other top officials to leave the country.
The unexpected power grab triggered a rush to flee Afghanistan, including civilians who assisted foreign soldiers or groups and feared the Taliban’s retribution.