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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»

Remarks at the Counter-ISIL Ministerial Meeting

Secretary Kerry (July 21): "Let me be clear right up front: We are engaged in an historic effort. Nothing like this coalition has ever before been assembled. And we’re not following a manual on antiterrorist coalition-building, we’re writing it." Full Text»


U.S.-Iraq Relationship

Secretary Kerry (July 21): "I think it is evident from all of the work we did yesterday at the pledging conference that produced $2.1 billion how critical the relationship with Iraq is." Full Text»


U.S. and Egypt

Secretary Kerry (July 21): "We’re delighted to have Egypt’s full participation in the counter-Daesh, counter-ISIL coalition, and also on a number of other initiatives." Full Text»


Pledging Conference in Support of Iraq

Secretary Kerry (July 20): "Everything we do in Iraq has the opportunity to help make our security better. It’s in our interest to give tangible support to an Iraqi government that is pursuing much-needed reforms." Full Text» More»



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