Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs

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The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs leads U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa region through carefully administered diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance that advances the interests, safety, and economic prosperity of the American people. In cooperation with regional partners, we promote democratic values and foster a free, peaceful, and prosperous Middle East and North Africa. The Bureau uses diplomatic tools and public engagement to end conflict, highlight the value of education, and enhance respect for democratic institutions, including freedom of the press, human rights, religious liberty, and the rule of law. The United States will continue to work closely with its allies and partners in the region to further these mutual interests and counter extremist ideologies that seek to destabilize the region.

Travel to Oman

Jan. 15: Secretary Pompeo met with Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id in Muscat. The Secretary and the Sultan discussed ways to promote peace throughout the region. On Yemen, the Secretary and the Sultan agreed on the importance of all parties continuing to engage and working with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths toward a political solution to end the conflict and bring peace, prosperity, and security to Yemen. More»

Travel to Saudi Arabia

Jan. 14: Secretary Pompeo met with Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir and Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh. The Secretary and the Minister discussed the need for continued regional efforts to stand against the Iranian regime’s malign activity and to advance peace, prosperity, and security. More»

Travel to Qatar

Jan. 13: The Secretary led the U.S. delegation at the second U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue in Doha, which further enhanced bilateral cooperation in military, energy, counterterrorism, labor, education, culture, and commercial matters. He also met with Qatari leaders to discuss regional issues, such as Afghanistan and the importance of a united Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in standing against the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activity and advancing peace, prosperity, and security in the region. More»


From January 12-13, Secretary Pompeo traveled to Abu Dhabi to meet with leaders of the United Arab Emirates to discuss regional and bilateral issues, including ways to further expand ties in areas such as trade and investment. The Secretary also discussed the need for all parties to adhere to the agreements made at the Yemen talks in Sweden, particularly the cease-fire and redeployment of forces in Hudaydah, in support of the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen. More»

Travel to BAHRAIN

Jan. 11: In Manama, the Secretary met with Bahraini leaders to discuss areas of bilateral cooperation, as well as ways to expand the strategic U.S.-Bahraini partnership. The Secretary and Bahraini leaders engaged on critical regional issues, including counterterrorism and working together through the Middle East Strategic Alliance to counter the Iranian regime’s dangerous activities. More»

Travel to Egypt

Jan. 10: The Secretary then traveled to Cairo, where he met with Egyptian leaders to discuss critical regional issues, including Iran, Gaza, and counterterrorism, as well as economic and energy cooperation. The Secretary also delivered a speech on the United States’ commitment to peace, prosperity, stability, and security in the Middle East. More»

Travel to Iraq

Jan. 9: The Secretary then continued to Iraq, visiting Baghdad and Erbil. In Iraq, the Secretary met with Iraqi leaders to discuss critical issues, including our partnership with Iraq to ensure an enduring defeat of ISIS, expanding U.S.-Iraq economic ties, and supporting the new government’s efforts to protect Iraq’s sovereignty and ensure security, stability and prosperity to all Iraqis. More»

Travel to Jordan

Jan. 9: The Secretary began his trip in Amman, where he met with Jordanian leaders to discuss areas of bilateral cooperation, as well as ways to expand the strategic U.S.-Jordan partnership. The Secretary engaged with Jordanian leaders on critical regional issues including Syria and Jordan’s future trade relations with Iraq. More»