What is Major non-NATO Ally Status?

The U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill to terminate the designation of Pakistan as a Major non-NATO Ally (MNNA), recently.

About the new bill

  • The special status provided to Major non-NATO allies allows for benefits including the excess to U.S. defence supplies and participation in cooperative defence research and development projects.
  • Under the bill, The United States President cannot issue a designation of Pakistan as a Major NATO ally, till the time Pakistan continues to conduct military operations that are contributing to the development of using Pakistan as a safe haven and freedom of movement of the Haqqani Network in Pakistan.
  • The bill also invites the President to certify on Pakistan showing an interest in arresting and prosecuting Haqqani Network leaders and additional operatives.

About NATO

  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is an intergovernmental military alliance of 30 North American and European nation-states.
  • NATO aims to constitute a system of collective defence whereby the members agree to cooperate in reaction to an external attack.

Major non-NATO ally (MNNA)

The MNNA designation is given by the United States government to close allies which have established a strategic working relationships with the US Armed Forces. These close allies are not members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The MNNA status was first created in 1987. The MNNA status does not include any mutual defense pact with the United States automatically. This status provides several military and financial advantages that cannot be obtained by the non-NATO countries.

Major Non-NATO ally (MNNA) states

The United States has designated 30 other countries as MNNA. The MNNA status is granted to countries from Korea to Argentina, banking upon US strategic interests in place. Brazil was the latest country to be granted this status in 2020 by Donald Trump. The first MNNAs members were Australia, Egypt, Israel, South Korea and Japan.

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