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Javier Milei’s Argentina Seeks NATO Partnership, U.S. Military Support

Argentina’s Defense Minister Luis Petri on Thursday formally asked the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to include Argentina as a global partner.

If approved by all 32 member states, Argentina will become NATO’s second global partner in South America after Colombia.

Global Partner status gives Argentina access to NATO’s cooperation programs, but does not give it the status of a full member state, as per NATO’s Article 10. chart Restricts full membership to European countries only. Global partners are not required to comply with the provision of Article 5, which states that an attack against one NATO member state must be treated as an attack against all states, but such a provision only applies to full members of the alliance. This is because it is limited to.

Petri submitted the request on behalf of the Argentine government during an official visit to Brussels, Belgium, where he met with NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Joana. Mr. Gioana welcomed Argentina’s offer to join the organization as a partner.

“Argentina plays an important role in Latin America and we welcome today’s request to explore becoming a NATO partner,” Geoana said. Said. “NATO works with various countries around the world to promote peace and stability. Closer political and practical cooperation could benefit both of us.”

Petri said on social media after his meeting with Joanna. post“At the direction of President Javier Millay, we reaffirmed at NATO Headquarters our commitment to countries around the world that embrace the values ​​of freedom and democracy in the face of authoritarianism and dictatorship.”

Argentina’s defense minister went on to say that NATO global partner status provides Argentina with the best training for its armed forces, access to equipment and information, cyber defense support, and “cooperation in high-level strategic dialogues on world affairs.” He explained that it would be beneficial. And Argentina’s priorities were integrated into the world’s liberal democracies. ”

After taking office, liberal President Javier Millay vowed to reshape Argentina’s foreign policy and make the United States and Israel its biggest allies. Mr. Milais’ foreign policy marks a dramatic shift after nearly two decades of socialist regimes pinning the South American country on China, Iran and Russia.

Millay also swore this.modernize” The Argentine National Army was left unattended by past left-wing governments. Milais ordered Defense Minister Petri to revamp the country’s military and strengthen the military’s role in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism.

In late December, Millay had his major contract approved. restructuring More than 30 senior officials have retired from the Argentine military. Mirei’s military crackdown was the second largest in Argentina, after the one carried out by the late President Raul Alfonsín in 1983 during Argentina’s return to democracy.

US Embassy in Buenos Aires announced On Thursday night, it was announced that the United States will provide $40 million in foreign military financing (FMF) to support Argentina’s defense modernization plans, marking the first time since 2003 that the South American country has received FMF funding. .

“The FMF will enable Argentina to purchase U.S. defense supplies, training, and services through grant aid, strengthening interoperability with the U.S. military,” the embassy said, adding that the funds provided will help Argentina It added that it recently provided $320 million in support. purchase 24 F-16 supersonic jets from Denmark.

Argentina's Defense Minister Luis Alfonso Petri (third row on the left), Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen (second row on the right) and members of the delegation spoke at a press conference on the sidelines of the agreement. He poses in front of an F-16 fighter jet he is purchasing from Denmark.  On April 16, 2024, the purchase of Danish F-16 fighter jets was signed at Sklydstrup Air Base, Denmark. Argentina has signed a contract to buy 24 Danish F-16 fighter jets.  (Photo credit: Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT (Photo credit: BO AMSTRUP/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Argentina’s Defense Minister Luis Alfonso Petri (third row on the left), Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen (second row on the right) and members of the delegation spoke at a press conference on the sidelines of the agreement. He poses in front of an F-16 fighter jet he is purchasing from Denmark. On April 16, 2024, the purchase of Danish F-16 fighter jets was signed at Sklydstrup Air Base, Denmark. Argentina has signed a contract to buy 24 Danish F-16 fighter jets. (Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpics/AFP)/Denmark OUT).

“Argentina’s purchase of 24 F-16s from Denmark increases interoperability by aligning Argentina with a group of 26 countries and allies that operate the platform,” the US embassy statement continued. “The F-16 will enable Argentina to more effectively defend its homeland and work with regional partners to strengthen America’s peace and stability.”

Mr. Milley was scheduled to travel to Denmark with Defense Minister Petri to purchase an F-16 fighter jet, and reportedly underwent all the necessary medical examinations as a co-pilot during the test flight. teeth cancel The attendance followed Iran’s unprecedented drone and missile attacks on Israel.

The FMF funding provided to Argentina follows the recent three-day visit of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Commander Gen. Laura J. Richardson to Argentina, where the two countries discussed topics of defense and security cooperation. .

During Richardson’s visit, Millais claimed After signing a new deal to lease additional C-130 Hercules military transport planes for Argentine Airlines, Argentina and the United States share a “cultural DNA” based on “the idea of ​​freedom and the defense of life and private property.” He said that Force.LEGENDARY:

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Christian K. Caruso is a Venezuelan writer who chronicles life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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