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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»

Press Availability in London

Secretary Kerry (Dec. 16): "A focus of these conversations has been our deep concern about the situation on the ground in Israel and in the West Bank and the mounting calls from the international community to pursue diplomatic measures to try to address it." Full Text» Trip Page»


Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL

Secretary Kerry (Dec. 9): "I ask for your help in, above all, approving on a bipartisan basis ... an Authorization for Use of Military Force in connection with our campaign and that of our many partners in order to defeat a terrible, vicious, different kind of enemy." Full Text»



Middle East Commercial Center Leadership Dinner

Secretary Kerry (Dec. 8): "Our economic stake in the Middle East extends beyond oil. We have an interest in helping new businesses so that companies in the region will sign contracts with American firms." Full Text»



Counter-ISIL Meeting
Date: 12/03/2014 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry, flanked by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and State Department Executive Assistant Jennifer Davis, bangs the gavel to begin a meeting of more than 60 anti-ISIL coalition parties held on December 3, 2014, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Dec. 3): "One outcome of this meeting will be a statement that encompasses our message that we are united in moving ahead on all fronts and that we will engage in this campaign for as long as it takes to prevail." Full Text» Joint Statement» Trip Page»



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»





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