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»

MOU Signing With Tunisian Political Affairs Minister Marzouk

Secretary Kerry (May 20): "We look forward to working with you to grow this memorandum into a relationship that everybody will understand by virtue of what they see in Tunisia and what they see in the friendship between our countries." Full Text» More»

U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit
Date: 05/14/2015 Description: President Barack Obama, center, waves as he makes a statement to members of the media after meeting with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders and delegations at Camp David in Maryland, Thursday, May 14, 2015.  © AP ImageMay 14:
President Obama and Heads of Delegations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states met to reaffirm and deepen the strong partnership and cooperation between the United States and the GCC. Joint Statement» Annex» DipNote»

Press Availability in Riyadh
Date: 05/07/2015 Description: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir looks on as U.S. Secretary of State addresses reporters during a news conference at Riyadh Air Base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 7, 2015, following meetings with King Salman bin Abdelaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, and the Foreign Minister.  - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (May 7):
"We talked at great length about the threat to Saudi Arabia that has emerged in Yemen, about U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's efforts, and the importance of trying to find a peaceful resolution to this crisis." Full Text» Trip Page»

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