U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan Uzbekistan create platform for regional cooperation

WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) - The United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan formed a new diplomatic platform to support peace and stability in Afghanistan and foster regional trade and business ties, the State Department said Friday as U.S. troops continue their planned withdrawal from the country.

"The parties consider long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan critical to regional connectivity and agree that peace and regional connectivity are mutually reinforcing," it said in a statement. The parties agreed to meet in coming months.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu Editing by Peter Graff

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