Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and the US have formed a new diplomatic platform to support Afghanistan’s long-term stability and peace and regional trade.
“Representatives of the United States, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform focused on boosting regional connectivity,” according to Pakistan’s Foreign Office.
The FO statement read, “The parties appreciate the importance of long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan for regional connectivity, and concur that peace and regional connectivity are mutually reinforcing.”
According to the statement, the countries recognized the “historical potential to construct thriving international trade lines” and intended to work together to expand commerce, build transit links, and strengthen business-to-business ties.
The parties agreed to meet in the next months to finalise their partnership’s terms.
The US State Department expressed its enthusiasm for cooperating with the three countries on regional cooperation on Twitter, calling it a “cornerstone to a sustained peace.”