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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.

Promoting Regional Connectivity

Assistant Secretary Biswal (May 12): "We have four priority areas, which involve supporting the creation of a regional energy market, the development of trading systems and transport corridors, the streamlining of customs and border processes, and the networking of people and businesses." Full Text»

The United States and Afghanistan

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 23): "The depth of our discussions today reflect the critical nature of this moment, with Afghanistan’s government of national unity now fully responsible for the security of its people and moving ahead on a reform agenda of its own design. At the center of our bilateral relationship is a shared commitment to security and peace and a desire to promote prosperity and social progress throughout Afghanistan." Full Text» More»

U.S.-India Strategic Partnership

President Obama (Jan. 26): "Even as this visit is rich with symbolism, it's also a visit of great substance. We're advancing the vision that I laid out on my last visit -- India and the United States as true global partners. And a core element of this vision is greater trade, investment and economic partnership." Full Text» More Releases»

U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 13): "Today's Strategic Dialogue was ... another opportunity for our two countries to build on that common ground. ... There's really no way to overstate the importance of our cooperation or the potential ... to improve our security and prosperity, and to improve it for the Pakistani people as a whole. And the American people will share in that." Full Text» Trip Page»