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.
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 (Mar. 6): "If India's enviable demographic boom is to be harnessed, India must take an unprecedented commitment to develop skill and knowledge across all sectors of its economy. But remember this: There is no challenge that India cannot overcome. And when our two countries work together, there is no challenge that we cannot tackle more efficiently and more effectively." 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»
Deputy Secretary Higginbottom (Jan. 23): "India's Republic Day reminds us of the strength of India's democratic institutions and traditions. And it also reminds us of the strength of the ties between our people and our governments. As we often say, we have a strategic partnership between the oldest and the largest democracies in the world." Full Text» Secretary Kerry's Statement»
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»