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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»

Iran's Nuclear Program -- Extension of Talks

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 24): "But in these last days in Vienna, we have made real and substantial progress, and we have seen new ideas surface. And that is why we are jointly – the P5+1, six nations and Iran – extending these talks for seven months with the very specific goal of finishing the political agreement within four months and with the understanding that we will go to work immediately, meet again very shortly." Full Text» Trip Page»

Iran's Nuclear Program

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 20): "We are today closer to resolving the international concerns around Iran’s nuclear program through diplomatic means." Full Text» Trip Page»




Meeting With Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh
Date: 11/05/2014 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the media alongside Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh before the two held a bilateral meeting in Paris, France, on November 5, 2014.  - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Nov. 5): "There are those who oppose peace, and people need to not allow those who oppose peace to control what is happening in the region." Full Text»



P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Under Secretary Sherman (Oct. 23): "We encourage Iran to make the right choice. Meanwhile, we remain steadfast in our determination to take the steps necessary to protect America’s security and to improve the prospects for stability and peace across the globe." Full Text»



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