Bush designates Kuwait major non-NATO ally.

Washington, Jan. 15 (PTI): President George W Bush, today designated Kuwait as a major non-NATO ally of the US for boosting security cooperation between the two countries.

"I hereby designate the State of Kuwait as a major Non-NATO ally of the United States," Bush said in a memorandum for US Secretary of State Colin Powell, released as the President made a brief visit here.

Kuwait is joining an exclusive club of countries that enjoy a privileged security relationship with the United States.

Its members, which include Japan, Australia, Israel, Egypt, South Korea, Argentina, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Thailand are granted significant benefits in the area of foreign aid and defense cooperation.

[Source: The Hindu, Press Trust Of India, 14Jan04]

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