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.
Deputy Assistant Secretary Sumar (Nov. 6): " We have a common interest in promoting regional economic cooperation across Central Asia, and view this year’s theme of linking connectivity with economic transformation as representative of our shared objectives." Full Text»
Sept. 29: "As leaders of two great democratic nations with diverse traditions and faiths, we share a vision for a partnership in which the United States and India work together, not just for the benefit of both our nations, but for the benefit of the world." Full Text» White House Blog» Secretary Kerry's Remarks» Fact Sheets»
Secretary Kerry (Sept. 29): "Afghans have taken a moment of challenge and turned it into a moment of real opportunity. ... As Afghanistan enters this new chapter in its history, the United States looks forward to deepening its enduring partnership with a sovereign, unified and democratic Afghanistan." Full Text» | Signing of BSA: President Obama» Secretary Kerry»
On Sept. 27, Vice President Biden met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations. The leaders affirmed the enormous common interests that the United States and Pakistan share and the importance of continuing to combat terrorism together and expand trade and energy cooperation. More»