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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»

Crisis in Syria

Date: 08/26/2016 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks as he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov address reporters during a joint news conference following a bilateral meeting focused on Syria at the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 26): "Today, I can say that we achieved clarity on the path forward. ... If the remaining details can be completed, we believe we will be able to address the two primary challenges to the cessation of hostilities." Full Text» Trip Page»

Situation in Yemen

Date: 08/25/2016 Description: U.S Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters during a joint news conference with Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir following a series of meetings focused on Yemen and other regional hotspots, in the Royal Terminal 1 at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 25): "Together with UN Special Envoy Ismail, we agreed on a renewed approach to negotiations, with both a security and political track simultaneously, working in order to provide a comprehensive settlement." Full Text» Trip Page»

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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