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Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs


The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), headed by Assistant Secretary Anne Patterson, deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. diplomatic relations with Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Regional policy issues that NEA handles include Iraq, Middle East peace, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and political and economic reform. Clickable Map»


Negotiations on Iran's Nuclear Program
Date: 03/21/2015 Description: Secretary Kerry makes a statement to the press at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Mar. 21): "We want the right deal that would make the world, including the United States and our closest allies and partners, safer and more secure, and that is our test." Full Text» Trip Page» London Joint Statement»

 

 


U.S. Support for Egypt
Date: 03/14/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on March 14, 2015, during a news conference amid an Egyptian development conference. - State Dept Image Secretary Kerry (Mar. 14): "The United States supports Egypt’s efforts to combat the threat of terrorism ...these atrocities that we have all witnessed around the world simply cannot be rationalized, they cannot be excused, they must be opposed, and they must be stopped." Full Text» Trip Page»
 


Secretary Kerry's Travel
Date: 03/13/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sit together at the Congress Center in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on March 13, 2015, before a quadrilateral meeting and their attendance at an Egyptian development conference.  - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry traveled to Egypt to attend the Egypt Economic Development Conference.and then traveled to Switzerland to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif as part of the ongoing EU-coordinated P5+1 nuclear negotiations. Trip Page» Briefing»

 


P5+1 Negotiating Process
Date: 03/11/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry commends German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier during a working dinner at the U.S. Department of State - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Mar. 11): "Our critical partners in this effort are every member – Russia, China, Germany, France, Great Britain...are united in our position...that it is critical to be able to have accountability and certainty with respect to the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program." Full Text»
 


Authorization to Use Force Against ISIS: Military and Diplomatic Efforts

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 11): "The resolution that we have proposed would give the President a clear mandate to prosecute the armed component of this conflict against Daesh and associated persons or forces, which we believe is carefully delineated and defined." Full Text»

 

 


 

 


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