The United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan form the Group of Four or Quad Group

As China hopes to extend its Belt Road Initiative (BRI)" to Afghanistan, the formation of a new Quad team is very important
Sheena

Updated: Jul 20, 2021 01:25:24 pm

20 July 2021 Current Affairs:The United States, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan have agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform aimed at improving regional connectivity. The two sides intend to cooperate to expand trade, establish transit links, and strengthen business-to-business ties by recognizing the historical opportunities of opening up prosperous inter-regional trade routes. 

Highlights:
♦ The strategic location of Afghanistan is touted as a competitive advantage for the nation.
♦ Afghanistan is bounded to the east and south by Pakistan, to the west by Iran, to the north by Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, and to the northeast by China.
♦ It is situated in the heart of the historic Silk Road.
♦ It had long served as a commercial crossroads for Asian countries, connecting them to Europe and fostering religious, cultural, and commercial ties.
♦ As China hopes to extend its Belt Road Initiative (BRI)" to Afghanistan, the formation of a new Quad team is very important 
 
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