United States presidential visits to South Asia

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There have been twenty United States presidential visits to South Asia by seven United States presidents. The first presidential trip to South Asia (also known as the Indian subcontinent), made by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1959, occurred as the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union deepened. Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama made multiple trips to the region while in office. To date, seven visits have been made to both Afghanistan and India, five have been made to Pakistan, and one to Bangladesh. No incumbent president has yet visited Bhutan (which has no formal diplomatic relations with the U.S.), the Maldives, Nepal, or Sri Lanka.

An orthographic projection map featuring the Mainland and Maritime nations of South Asia (highlighted in dark green)

Table of visits[edit]

President Dates countries Locations Key details
Dwight D. Eisenhower[1] December 7–9, 1959  Pakistan Karachi Informal visit. Met with President Ayub Khan.
December 9, 1959  Afghanistan Kabul Informal visit. Met with King Mohammed Zahir Shah.
December 9–14, 1959  India New Delhi, Agra Met with President Rajendra Prasad and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Addressed Parliament.
Lyndon B. Johnson[2] December 23, 1967  Pakistan Karachi Met with President Ayub Khan.
Richard Nixon[3] July 31 – August 1, 1969  India New Delhi State visit. Met with Acting President Mohammad Hidayatullah. Prime Minister is Indira Gandhi
August 1–2, 1969  Pakistan Lahore State visit. Met with President Yahya Khan.
Jimmy Carter[4] January 1–3, 1978  India New Delhi, Daulatpur Nasirabad[5] Met with President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and Prime Minister Morarji Desai. Addressed Parliament of India.
Bill Clinton[6] March 19–25, 2000 New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Mumbai Met with President Kocheril Raman Narayanan. Signed Joint Statement on Energy and the Environment. Addressed the Indian Parliament.
March 20, 2000  Bangladesh Dhaka Met with President Shahabuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
March 25, 2000  Pakistan Islamabad Met with President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar and General Pervez Musharraf. Delivered radio address.
George W. Bush[7] March 1, 2006  Afghanistan Bagram, Kabul Met with President Hamid Karzai. Dedicated new U.S. Embassy. Addressed U.S. military personnel.
March 1–3, 2006  India New Delhi, Hyderabad Met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Signed U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Agreement.
March 3–4, 2006  Pakistan Islamabad Met with President Pervez Musharraf.
December 14–15, 2008  Afghanistan Kabul Met with President Hamid Karzai. Visited U.S. military personnel.
Barack Obama[8] March 27–28, 2010 Bagram, Kabul Met with President Hamid Karzai. Addressed U.S. military personnel.
November 6–9, 2010  India Mumbai, New Delhi Participated in the US-India Business Council and Entrepreneurship Summit in Mumbai. Held a town hall meeting with Mumbai students. Met with President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Addressed the Indian Parliament. Visited the Humayun's Tomb and the Raj Ghat.
December 3, 2010  Afghanistan Bagram Met with the leaders of the U.S. military and diplomatic missions and visited U.S. military personnel.
May 1–2, 2012 Kabul Met with President Karzai and addressed U.S. military personnel. Signed a long-term strategic partnership agreement between Afghanistan and United States. Addressed the nation from there regarding the responsible end of the Afghanistan war.
May 25–26, 2014 Bagram Visited with U.S. troops.
January 25–27, 2015  India New Delhi Met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Participated in the Indian Republic Day celebration, becoming the first US President to do so.[9] Addressed an event organized by the US-India Business Council

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Travels of President Dwight D. Eisenhower U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian Archived 2011-12-04 at WebCite
  2. ^ Travels of President Lyndon B. Johnson U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian WebCitation archive
  3. ^ "Travels of President Richard M. Nixon". U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian.
  4. ^ "Travels of President Jimmy Carter". U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian.
  5. ^ Joseph, Joel (November 4, 2010). "How Daulatpur Nasirabad became Carterpuri". The Times of India. Retrieved October 21, 2013. Daulatpur Nasirabad in Gurgaon was a sleepy nondescript village on the outskirts of Delhi but it found a prominent place on the global map after Carter paid a visit to this village...This village has since then been renamed Carterpuri.
  6. ^ "Travels of President William J. Clinton". U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian.
  7. ^ "Travels of President George W. Bush". U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian.
  8. ^ "Travels of President Barack Obama". U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian.
  9. ^ "Obama attends India's Republic Day". BBC News. 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2018.