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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»

U.S. Relations With Jordan

Secretary Kerry (Feb. 20): "We just signed an MOU a few days ago for a billion dollars a year for the next three years in our aid and assistance to Jordan, which is a reflection of the very, very key role that Jordan is playing in terms of many efforts in the Middle East." Full Text» More»


Meeting With Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry

Secretary Kerry (Feb. 19): "I am very pleased to welcome Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry of Egypt here to the State Department. He’s been very engaged in today’s discussions, and we’ve already actually had a meeting with EU High Representative Mogherini and with the Secretary-General of the United Nations." Full Text»


U.S. Bilateral Assistance to Jordan

Secretary Kerry (Feb. 3): "In the past five years, the level of assistance in this memorandum was $600 million annually. Starting now and continuing through 2017, that level will go up sharply to 1 billion a year, which covers a wide range of programs...." Full Text» Fact Sheet»


Counter-ISIL Coalition

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 22): "We all understand that Daesh, as it is commonly known in the Arab world, is not simply a Syrian problem. It’s not an Iraqi problem. Daesh is a global problem, and it demands a coordinated, comprehensive, and enduring global response." Full Text» More» Trip Page»




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