Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 23, 2010

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake, Jr. will visit Nepal, Bhutan, and China April 23-May 4.

He will have a two-day visit in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 25-26, during which he will meet with political leaders, government officials and civil society to discuss the continuation of the peace process, next steps in the constitution drafting process, trafficking in persons issues and economic development.

Assistant Secretary Blake will lead the U.S. observer delegation to the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Thimphu, Bhutan April 28-29. He will hold bilateral meetings with regional leaders on the margins of the Summit.

On May 3-4, Assistant Secretary Blake will lead a U.S. government delegation to the U.S.-China Sub-Dialogue on South Asia in Beijing. He will also discuss regional issues with government officials and scholars.

PRN: 2010/500