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 (Nov. 21): "She takes charge of our efforts now in one of the most complex, dynamic regions of the world. ... We are invested in that region's prosperity for the long haul and in naming Nisha Biswal as the Assistant Secretary today, we show the strength of that commitment." Full Text»
Assistant Secretary Biswal (Nov. 18): "Throughout all of my engagements we have been able to explore the many facets of the strong partnership between America and Bangladesh, and to celebrate the relationship between our two countries, which has never been stronger, broader or deeper." Full Text»
Deputy Assistant Secretary Tracy (Oct. 25): "So as next year approaches, the international community has a collective responsibility to ensure that Afghanistan remains connected to the world, and more immediately, to its neighbors. Being landlocked does not have to mean being isolated and vulnerable to extremism and poverty. This is why the vision of regional economic connectivity -- a vision the United States first laid out in 2011 and which we have called the "New Silk Road" -- is so important as a guiding principle for our collective efforts to anchor Afghanistan economically in the region." Full Text»
Deputy Assistant Secretary Sumar (Oct. 24): "In the world's least economically-integrated region, CAREC is one of the best examples for how regional economic cooperation can actually bring tangible changes. It also shows how the countries of the region are embracing the New Silk Road vision the United States laid out in 2011, by finding innovative ways to connect to each other, to Afghanistan, and to the rest of the world." Full Text»
Joint Statement (Oct. 23): "The President and the Prime Minister ... expressed their conviction that an enduring U.S.-Pakistan partnership is vital to regional and international security and recognized their shared interest in Pakistan's economic growth and development, regional stability, and mutually determined measures to counter terrorism." Full Text» More»