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.-Egypt Cultural Property Agreement

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Secretary Kerry (Nov. 30): "This has been years in the making. It represents the first agreement in the Middle East or North Africa regarding the protection of antiquities. And it’s a real challenge on a global basis, so this is groundbreaking." Full Text»


United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Date: 11/16/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry Delivers Remarks at COP22 in Marrakech - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 16): "Because global leaders have woken up to the enormity of this challenge, the world is now beginning to move forward together toward a clean energy future." Full Text» More» Trip Page»



Working Together With Kuwait

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Secretary Kerry (Oct. 21): "For 25 years since we fought shoulder to shoulder in the war of liberation of Kuwait, there’s just been a clarity of purpose in what we are trying to achieve together." Full Text» More»