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 (May 27): "The Afghan people have an opportunity now to build on the progress that's been made, to achieve a more secure, more prosperous, and more peaceful future." Full Text» President's Statement» Fact Sheet»
Secretary Kerry (May 20): "The United States is deeply invested in our strategic relationship. We look forward to strengthening our partnership based on common values, shared democratic traditions, and the binding ties between our peoples." Full Text»
Assistant Secretary Biswal (Apr. 25): "Today, I want to discuss the opportunities that lie ahead as the U.S.-India economic relationship expands and matures, and as our two economies become increasingly intertwined and interdependent." Full Text»
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»