U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan to form quad group

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U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan to form quad group

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations

In news USA, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform focused on enhancing regional connectivity.

  • The parties intend to cooperate to expand trade, build transit links, and strengthen business-to-business ties by recognising the historic opportunity to open flourishing interregional trade routes. 

Strategic location of Afghanistan

  • Afghanistan’s strategic location has been touted as a competitive advantage for the country. 
  • Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south, Iran to the west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north, and China to the northeast.
  • It is located at the heart of the historic Silk Road.
  • It was long the crossroads of commerce between Asian countries connecting them to Europe, and enhancing religious, cultural, and commercial contacts.
  • The formation of the new quad group is important amid China’s desire to extend its Belt Road Initiative (BRI) to Afghanistan.

News Source: TH

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