The status gives the recipient the opportunity to acquire various types of weapons and participate in joint defense activities and gives other privileges. However, he does not oblige the United States to provide security guarantees to an ally.
U.S. President Joe Biden signed a resolution granting Colombia the status of a major ally of a state outside of NATO, the White House press service reports.
“Within his powers as president<…> I include Colombia among the main allies of the United States outside of NATO, — said in the resolution.
Biden announced plans to make Colombia one of the main allies of the United States outside of NATO in mid-March. At the time, he said the move would strengthen the “unique and close relationship” between the countries.
The status of a major ally outside the alliance “gives [the United States] foreign partners certain advantages in the field of defense trade and security cooperation, but does not oblige Washington to provide them with security guarantees, as is the case with states & mdash; members of NATO, according to the State Department website. In particular, they get the opportunity to acquire various types of weapons and participate in joint defense activities.
Washington established the status of the main US ally outside NATO in 1989. Now it has been assigned to 17 countries, including Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand and others. Taiwan is also considered the main US allies outside NATO, although the country has not been officially assigned the status.
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