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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»

Secretary Kerry Meets With Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Al Attiya

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 11): "Foreign Minister Attiya has signaled that the Emir and Qatar want to be particularly helpful to us in our counterterrorism efforts. They have taken the initiative with respect to efforts to try to see if there is a way forward in terms of peace dialogue with the Taliban." Full Text»


Syria After Geneva: Next Steps for U.S. Policy

Assistant Secretary Patterson (Mar. 26): "Peace will not come to Syria from a military victory. The only sustainable solution to the Syria crisis is a negotiated political settlement." Full Text» More»



Lebanon at the Crossroads

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Silverman (Feb. 25): "We need to stand with the people of Lebanon now. It's in our national interest to promote a stable Lebanon, free of foreign interference, and able to defend its interest." Full Text»




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