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US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan to form new quad grouping

America, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic forum focused on enhancing regional connectivity. The Parties regard long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan as vital to regional connectivity and agree that peace and regional connectivity are mutually reinforcing.

Afghanistan’s strategic position has long been seen as a competitive advantage for the country. bordering Afghanistan Pakistan to the east and south, Iran to the west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to the north, and China to the northeast.

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The formation of a new Quad group is important amid China’s desire to expand Belt Road Initiative for Afghanistan (BRI). BRI, a multi-billion dollar initiative launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping when he came to power in 2013, aims to connect Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe through a network of land and sea routes. By virtue of its location, Afghanistan can provide a strategic base for China to spread its influence around the world.

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