Qatar will become the seventh Arab country, Washington’s non-NATO ally. What...

After President Joe Biden announced Qatar’s nomination as a major non-NATO ally, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the designation would change the way Washington and its military deal with this country.

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Biden praises the Emir of Qatar at the White House

Biden praises the Emir of Qatar at the White House

During a Pentagon briefing, Kirby said of Qatar’s new candidate status: “It opens up a whole new set of opportunities: training, operations, and, you know…capabilities as well.”

Commenting on the meeting that brought together the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad, with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon, the Pentagon spokesman said, “The secretary reiterated his sincere gratitude to the indispensable Emir, and, quite frankly, the continued support for our efforts to continue to get the Americans and our Afghan allies out of Afghanistan.” He pointed out that the two sides discussed common regional security interests, including calming tensions in the region and combating terrorism and the threats posed by Iran.

In this regard, Kirby stated that “Secretary Austin shared his vision of integrated deterrence, stressing the importance of multilateral efforts and integrated operations with partners such as Qatar to confront the threats facing the region.”

The US State Department says that the designation as a major non-NATO ally, or what is known as “MNNA” for short, is “a strong symbol of the close relationship that the United States shares with these countries, and shows our deep respect for the friendship with the countries that belong to it.”

It is noteworthy that countries classified for the United States as a “major non-NATO ally” are eligible, among other things:

  • to host US War Reserve stocks of materials within their own countries.
  • Private companies within those countries are also eligible to bid on contracts to maintain, repair, or maintain US military equipment.
  • These countries can also enter into training agreements with the United States.

Qatar, after its approval by Congress, joins six Arab countries: Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco.

And there are 17 countries in the list of industrialized countries, a major ally of the United States from outside NATO, which are “Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Tunisia.” , in addition to Taiwan, which is treated under this classification, but unofficially.

It is noteworthy that the presence of Afghanistan in the classification of the United States of the main non-NATO allies casts doubt on the benefits and guarantees that can be obtained by its owners, as this “status” did not prevent the American authorities from withdrawing their forces completely last year from this country despite the appeals of his government at that time.

Source: RT

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