Duque celebrates the designation of Colombia as a strategic ally of NATO

The Colombian president, Iván Duque, celebrated this Monday the official designation of Colombia as Non-NATO Member Strategic Ally, a decision announced last April by the president of the United States, Joe Biden.

"We celebrate the memorandum sent by Biden to the Secretary of State of that country with which the designation of Colombia as a non-NATO member strategic ally is made official. A decision that reaffirms the good moment of our bilateral relations"Duque has published on his official Twitter account.

Biden has reported this Monday in a memorandum to the federal registry that he has made this designation, according to a White House statement, after a visit last week by Defense Minister Diego Molano to the Pentagon precisely to discuss this issue with his American counterpart, Lloyd Austin.

By adding Colombia as a non-NATO country, the Latin American country will have the possibility of accessing material weapons from the United States, as well as being able to obtain loans from this country, with which to improve their war and research capacity.

In addition, it will have the option of acquiring space technology and being an ally in special operations in the company of the United States Department of Defense, according to several Colombian media.

For his part, Molano announced on Monday that eleven Colombian military engineers will train members of the Ukrainian Forces to learn how to demine territory, given that Colombia is already a NATO partner.

Hours later, the Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez, has cataloged this designation What "very remarkable" because Bogotá will be able to benefit now from "a special status" by Washington.

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"(The designation) gives Colombia a special status that automatically gives access to strategic support from the United States in what has to do with weapons, cybersecurity, national defense and intelligence."Ramírez has pointed out on the BLU Radio station.

Likewise, it has highlighted that being a non-NATO ally of the United States is accompanied by a series of packages of "financing, reciprocal training and facilitation of access to space technology".

On the other hand, on Monday the Colombian Ministry of Defense reported that Army engineers would train Ukrainian soldiers in humanitarian military demining at the request of the Atlantic Alliance.

Biden made this appointment last April "in recognition of the importance of the relationship between the United States and Colombia and the crucial contributions of Colombia to regional and international security", according to a statement from the White House.

Likewise, this measure adopted by Biden was already announced in mid-March, when the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, visited the White House and met with the US president.


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