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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»

U.S.-U.A.E. Relations

Date: 11/23/2015 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed, addresses reporters after touring the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on November 23, 2015. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 23): "We agreed today on a number of things that we will work on specifically to try to accelerate the defeat of Daesh and to bring about the peace and stability that the region wants." Full Text» Trip Page» More»



U.S.-Bahrain Relations

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 19): "I'm very happy to have had a chance this morning to have a thorough, in-depth discussion on all of the issues of concern in the region and the issues that we work on bilaterally." Full Text»



OSAC Annual Briefing

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 18): "We need to absolutely make clear our willingness and our determination to stay together, to protect each other, to show that we are not intimidated and that we will never allow these terrorists to achieve their vile aims." Full Text»


Press Availability in Vienna

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 14): "We also know that Daesh cannot be defeated in the end without de-escalating the underlying conflict in Syria, which attracts fighters to this battlefield. And that will require a political process, and that’s why we are here in Vienna yet again." Full Text»Trip Page»

U.S.-Tunisia Partnership

Date: 11/13/2015 Location: Tunis, Tunisia Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters during a joint news conference with Tunisian Foreign Minister Taieb at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Nov. 13): "In every one of the meetings that I had this morning, and particularly in the Strategic Dialogue, my message is the same: The eyes of the world are on Tunisia, and America wants Tunisia to succeed." Full Text» Joint Statement» Trip Page»


U.S. Strategy in Syria

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 12): "That is why another core element of our strategy in Syria is diplomatic; a renewed political initiative – broader and more action-oriented than any previously attempted – to isolate the terrorists and set Syria on the path to peace." Full Text»



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