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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.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue
Secretary Kerry (Apr. 9):
" The U.S.-Moroccan Dialogue is grounded in a very longstanding friendship, and it’s real. It extends back to 1777, when Morocco recognized the independence of the United States." Full Text» More»


U.S.-Lebanon Relationship
Date: 04/06/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Beirut, Lebanon, on April 6, 2015.  - State Dept ImageDeputy Secretary Blinken (Apr. 6):
"The United States has a deep and enduring commitment to Lebanon and to its people. The strength of our relationship is anchored in the values we share—our belief in education, individualism, human dignity, and liberty: in the freedom of faith, the freedom of expression, and the vibrancy of a free market." Full Text» Photos»

Iran's Nuclear Program

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 2): "Our political understanding arrived at today opens the door for a long-term resolution to the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program." Full Text» President Obama's Remarks» Key Parameters» Trip Page»



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»

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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