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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 With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 2): "I express again today not only our condolences but our condemnation for this violence which has no place anywhere at any time." Full Text»




High-Level Ministerial on Libya

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 2): "This is a very important moment. And we’re here because we have a shared interest in peace for Libya and in security for the broader region." Full Text»



Nuclear Deal With Iran

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 2): "Without this agreement, Iran could double the number of its operating centrifuges almost overnight and continue expanding with ever more efficient designs. With this agreement, Iran’s centrifuges will be reduced by two-thirds for 10 years." Full Text» More» What the World is Saying»




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