Recognizing the historic opportunity to open flourishing interregional trade routes, the parties intend to cooperate to expand trade, build transit links and strengthen business-to-business ties, he said. “The parties agreed to meet in the coming months to determine the modalities of this cooperation with mutual consensus,” said the State Department. Afghanistan’s strategic location has long been touted as a competitive advantage for the United States.
Afghanistan borders Pakistan to the east and south, Iran to the west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north, and China to the northeast. Located in the heart of the historic Silk Road, Afghanistan was for a long time the crossroads of trade between Asian countries connecting them with Europe and enhancing religious, cultural and commercial contacts. The formation of the new quadruple group is important amid China’s desire to extend its Belt and Road Initiative to Afghanistan. By virtue of its location, Afghanistan can provide China with a strategic base to spread its influence around the world.