Afghan American Security Agreement

The designation by the United States has given way to a country of special privileges, such as access to American military training and excess military supplies, said Hillary Clinton. In a separate statement, the State Department said Afghanistan would also be able to obtain loans for equipment from the United States and financing for leasing. The agreement does not, however, imply “no security obligation” from the United States vis-à-vis Afghanistan, the State Department said [54] to designate Afghanistan as an ally, but it has the potential to raise unpleasant issues for the United States. There is Afghanistan`s cold and cold relations with Pakistan, which is also an ally, and the possibility that the two neighbors will be overthrown, especially if Afghan officials believe, in the years following 2014, that their Pakistani counterparts continue to help the Taliban. [54] Afghanistan is the first country to obtain status as a major non-NATO ally (MNNA) from Barack Obama`s administration. [55] The amendment, which comes into effect immediately, facilitates the purchase of U.S. military equipment in Kabul and simplifies arms export procedures. [56] Clinton said, “There are a number of benefits that are available to countries that have this designation. …

For example, they have access to excess defence-related products and may be part of certain types of training and capacity building. [52] MNNA status privileges include training authorization, loans for cooperative research and development equipment and, ultimately, foreign military financing for the commercial leasing of certain defence items. “We see this as a strong symbol of our commitment to the future of Afghanistan,” Clinton said at a news conference after talks with President Hamid Karzai. “This is the kind of relationship we think will be particularly beneficial if we make the transition.” [58] And she added, “This will open the door for the Afghan army to have greater capability and a greater type of relationship with the United States, and in particular with the U.S. military.” [54] In this context, the Times of India called MNNA status “a catalyst for maintaining effective Afghan national security forces and establishing a strong peace relationship between Afghanistan and the United States.” [57] Afghanistan and the United States signed the BSA, signed on September 30, 2014 by U.S. Ambassador James B. Cunningham and Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif, in a cordial ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. [97] [99] On that day was also signed the NATO Troop Status Agreement, which provides Allied forces and partner countries with the legal protection necessary to implement NATO`s resolute support mission when the International Security Assistance Force ends in 2014. [100] As part of the strategic partnership agreement signed by the United States and Afghanistan in May 2012, the two countries are required to negotiate a bilateral security agreement within one year. These negotiations were scheduled to begin on November 15, 2012. The talks will attempt to create conditions for the U.S. military in Afghanistan after 2014 as part of a “Train, Advise and Assist” (U.S.) mission.