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U.S. to designate Brazil a major non-NATO ally: sources

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro waves before a meeting with Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The United States will designate Brazil a major non-NATO ally during President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to Washington next week, boosting growing cooperation between the Americas’ two largest militaries, two Brazilian government officials said on Thursday.

The status of “major non-NATO ally” (MNNA) gives a country preferential access to the purchase of U.S. military equipment and technology, including free surplus material, expedited export processing and prioritized cooperation on training.

Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu and Anthony Boadle; Editing by Brad Haynes and Lisa Shumaker

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