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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»

P5+1 Nuclear Negotiations With Iran
Date: 06/27/2015 Location: Vienna, Austria Description: Secretary of State John Kerry sits across from Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and other advisers on June 27, 2015 as they address reporters before resuming negotiations about the future of Iran's nuclear program. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (June 27): "We have a lot of hard work to do. We have some very tough issues, and I think we all look forward to getting down to the final effort here to see whether or not a deal is possible." Full Text» Trip Page»



Release of the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Secretary Kerry (June 25): "The message at the heart of these reports is that countries do best when their citizens fully enjoy the rights and freedoms to which they are entitled." Full Text» Reports» Briefing» Media Note» DipNote»



Press Availability With Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

Deputy Secretary Blinken (June 2): "In Iraq right now, we have the right strategy: a combination of coalition airstrikes; training, equipping, assisting; and effective local partners. That is the winning strategy, but only if both sides of the equation are present." Full Text»



MOU Signing With Tunisian Political Affairs Minister Marzouk

Secretary Kerry (May 20): "We look forward to working with you to grow this memorandum into a relationship that everybody will understand by virtue of what they see in Tunisia and what they see in the friendship between our countries." Full Text» More»


U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit
Date: 05/14/2015 Description: President Barack Obama, center, waves as he makes a statement to members of the media after meeting with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders and delegations at Camp David in Maryland, Thursday, May 14, 2015.  © AP ImageMay 14:
President Obama and Heads of Delegations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states met to reaffirm and deepen the strong partnership and cooperation between the United States and the GCC. Joint Statement» Annex» DipNote»


Press Availability in Riyadh
Date: 05/07/2015 Description: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir looks on as U.S. Secretary of State addresses reporters during a news conference at Riyadh Air Base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 7, 2015, following meetings with King Salman bin Abdelaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, and the Foreign Minister.  - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (May 7):
"We talked at great length about the threat to Saudi Arabia that has emerged in Yemen, about U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's efforts, and the importance of trying to find a peaceful resolution to this crisis." Full Text» Trip Page»





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