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.
|Assistant Secretary Blake: "Central Asia is a region of significant importance to U.S. national interests. Recognizing the uniqueness of each of the five Central Asian nations and their sovereignty and independence, U.S. policy supports the development of fully sovereign, stable democratic nations, integrated into the world economy and cooperating with one another, the United States, and our partners, to advance regional security and stability."|
Secretary Kerry (May 17): "We look forward to ... our partnership dialogue that will take place in Dhaka in about a week or so. And this is a very important step in working on presidential initiatives, including climate change and food security, among others." Full Text» More»
Deputy Secretary Burns (May 11): "We remain on-track to fully transition security responsibility to Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Afghan forces are already in the lead in 90 percent of all combat operations in the country and we expect them to be in the lead 100 percent of the time later this year." Full Text» Joint Statement» Media Roundtable»
Deputy Secretary Burns (May 10): "I'm proud to have worked over two American administrations with some very capable Indian colleagues to strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and India ... With strong support across political party lines in both of our countries, we have come a long way together in a relatively short time." Full Text» Assistant Secretary Blake's Remarks»