The Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Secretary Kerry (July 30): "We are coming to India to deliver a single message: the U.S. is prepared to be a full partner in this effort. We will work hand in hand with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government to promote open and liberal trade and investment, job training and closer strategic ties." Op-Ed» Trip Page»
Secretary Kerry (July 28): "Now is the time to renew that dialogue with a new government, with a new set of opportunities, new possibilities. This is a potentially transformative moment in our partnership with India, and we're determined to deliver on the strategic and historic opportunities that we can create together." Full Text» U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue»
Secretary Kerry (July 30): "Democracy is an evolutionary process. It isn't easy. But every democracy reaches a decisive moment where the interests of the country must outweigh the interests of politicians. Afghanistan is at that critical point today." Op-Ed»
Assistant Secretary Biswal (Apr. 1): "It's been said that Kazakhstan has "powerful neighbors and distant friends." Well, let me be clear: the United States may be distant geographically, but our partnership is growing closer every day, and I'm committed to bringing us even closer together. And one of the best ways we can do that is by creating even more opportunities to bring our brightest minds together." Full Text»
Assistant Secretary Biswal (Feb. 1): "We reiterated our commitment to Sri Lanka but we conveyed our concerns to senior government officials about the insufficient progress in addressing justice, reconciliation and accountability." Full Text» More»
Secretary Kerry (Jan. 27): "The strategic dialogue that we're engaged in now is really just the latest indication of our common commitment to escalating shared prosperity and helping to resolve some of the economic challenges that Pakistan faces, and also to recognize the importance of the strength and vitality of our security relationship." Full Text» More»