Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

Bureau Of South And Central Asian Affairs

Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

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The Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs is responsible for U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Robert O. Blake, Jr. succeeded Richard Boucher to became the bureau's seventh Assistant Secretary of State on May 26, 2009. The Assistant Secretary reports to the Secretary of State through the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.

History

After six years of trying, Congress allocated the funds to create the Bureau of South Asian Affairs in 1991, the Bureau of South Asian Affairs was established on August 24, 1992 after having been a part of the Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs since 1958 Crossette, Barbara. "Congress Is Impatient for South Asia Bureau". New York Times, December 26, 1991. .. In February 2006 the bureau absorbed the Office of Central Asian Affairs from the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

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