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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.

Description: Regional map of South and Central Asian Affairs.

U.S.-India Strategic Partnership

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»


Inauguration in Afghanistan

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»


The U.S. and Pakistan

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»


Economic Connectivity in Greater Central Asia

Deputy Secretary Burns (Sept. 23): "Whether you call it the New Silk Road or the Silk Road Economic Belt, now is the moment to work together to restore this region to its historic role as a vital hub of global commerce, ideas, and culture." Full Text»