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H.R. 35: To terminate the designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally, and for other purposes.

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Is it time to change Pakistan’s privileged diplomatic status with the U.S?


More commonly known as NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is a 30-country international alliance and mutual defense pact including the U.S., Canada, and most nations in Europe. Since 1987, the president can also designate a nation as a “major non-NATO ally,” allowing them certain military and economic advantages such as surplus defense equipment.

Currently, the U.S. has designated 18 nations as major non-NATO allies. The most recent was President Donald Trump’s designation of Brazil in 2019. President George W. Bush designated Pakistan in 2004.

In recent years, some have questioned Pakistan’s inclusion on that list. Qualms particularly came up after Osama bin Laden was found in the country in 2011, since Pakistan may have …

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Andy Biggs

Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Jan 4, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 4, 2021

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Jan 4, 2021

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