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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»

The Situation in Gaza
Date: 07/21/2014 Description: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listens as Secretary Kerry addresses reporters in Cairo on July 21, 2014, before they sit down to talk about their mutual efforts to support a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas amid conflict in Gaza. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (July 21): "We are both here in support of and in an effort to help get implemented the Egyptian initiative for the ceasefire. Israel and Egypt have encouraged that, and Israel has accepted that ceasefire proposal. So only Hamas now needs to make the decision ...." Full Text» Trip Page»

Humanitarian Assistance for Syrian Crisis

Secretary Kerry (June 4): "With the newest contribution that I’ve announced today, the United States has now committed more than $2 billion to support refugees and the nations that have opened their doors to them." Full Text» Trip Page» White House Trip Page»



Secretary Kerry Meets With Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh
Date: 05/15/2014 Location: London, U.K. Description: Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh at the outset of a meeting in London, U.K. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (May 15): "His Majesty King Abdullah and Foreign Minister Judeh have been just terrific partners in not only the efforts to deal with the crisis of Syria in the region, but also they are stakeholders and critical partners in the Middle East peace process. And we continue always to work at that, even quietly. It’s an issue that doesn’t go away." Full Text»

Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

Secretary Kerry (May 15): "The truth is we all know that the grave humanitarian crisis is growing more dire by the day, notwithstanding the best efforts of people to date. And the bloodshed and the suffering of the Syrian people have not stopped." Full Text» Trip Page»



Secretary Kerry Meets With Syrian Opposition Coalition President Ahmad al-Jarba

Secretary Kerry (May 8): "We have taken several steps this week to demonstrate our growing partnership with the coalition, and I look forward today to continuing our dialogue on the full range of our shared concerns in Syria, including putting an end to the violence, countering the regime, easing the humanitarian crisis, and building towards a day when we will see a truly representative government that is responsive to the needs of the Syrian people." Full Text» More» Fact Sheet»


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