USA, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan to form Quad group to improve regional connectivity
New Delhi: According to the Biden administration, the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have reached an agreement in principle to build a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform aimed at improving regional connectivity.
According to the State Department, the parties believe that long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan are essential for regional connection, and that regional peace and connectivity are mutually reinforcing.
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The parties are keen to work together to boost trade, create transit links and strengthen business-to-business ties, he added, recognizing the historic potential to open up booming inter-regional trade lines.
According to the State Department, the parties have planned to meet in the coming months to define the mechanisms of this collaboration by mutual agreement.
For a long time, Afghanistan’s strategic location was viewed as a competitive advantage.
Pakistan to the east and south, Iran to the west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to the north, and China to the northeast define Afghanistan’s borders.
Afghanistan, which lies at the center of the historic Silk Road, has long served as a trade crossroads between Asian countries, connecting them to Europe and establishing religious, cultural and trade links.
The creation of the new quad group is essential given China’s intention to expand its Belt Route (BRI) initiative to Afghanistan.
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a multibillion-dollar initiative set up by Chinese President Xi Jinping when he took office in 2013, aims to create a network of land and sea connections linking South Asia. East, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa, and European.
Afghanistan can serve as a strategic platform for China to expand its influence in the world due to its geographic location.
Since the announcement of the US troop withdrawal ultimatum on August 31, violence has increased and efforts to negotiate a peace deal between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents have ceased.