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Countries and Areas

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(Sub-Saharan) Africa | East Asia and the Pacific | Europe and Eurasia | Near East (Middle East and Northern Africa) | South and Central Asia | Western Hemisphere

Sub-Saharan Africa

Bureau of African Affairs

East Asia and the Pacific

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Near East (Middle East and Northern Africa)

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs

U.S. Department of State

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