Published by the Associated Press of Pakistan, July 20, 2007.
US working with Central Asia nations to pursue economic cooperation with South Asia
3 Excerpts: … The United States is working with all the nations of Central Asia to pursue greater economic cooperation and integration with South Asia, the State Department said after a senior official’s meeting with representatives of regional countries.
Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher hosted a discussion on South and Central Asian regional economic integration, focused on ways in which the United States can support Central Asian nations’ development into independent, prosperous, and democratic states, integrated into the world economy …
… Representatives from Pakistan, Afghanistan and India also attended. The meeting was part of a series of events centered on the Third Annual Meeting of the US-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) at the Office of the US Trade Representative …
… “The United States promotes increased regional economic integration among the Central Asian nations, as well as with Afghanistan and its South Asian neighbors,” the office of Spokesman said.
The State Department also noted that the re-opening of Afghanistan has created promising new possibilities and opportunities for these nations to develop nfrastructure and economic links to the south, especially in the areas of trade, transportation, energy and communications. The United States also supports expansion of private investment in Central Asia, especially from American companies. (full text).