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. and Egypt: Facing Difficult Challenges Together

Date: 04/20/2016 Location: Cairo, Egypt Description: Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Presidential Palace at the outset of a bilateral meeting. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 20): "The United States understands the importance of Egypt to this region and we are deeply committed ... to the stability of Egypt and to helping Egypt through the difficult challenges that it faces ..." Full Text» Trip Page»


Meeting With Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif

Date: 04/19/2016 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on April 19, 2016, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, N.Y., before a bilateral meeting. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 19): "We’re both working at making sure that the JCPOA, the Iran agreement...is implemented in exactly the way that it was meant to be and that all the parties to that agreement get the benefits that they are supposed to get out of the agreement." Full Text» Trip Page»


Gulf Cooperation Council

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 7): "Let me just reiterate how indispensable the cooperation between the United States and the GCC countries is for the people of this entire region." Full Text» Trip Page»


U.S.-Egypt Partnership

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 30): "We have worked as partners for a long period of time on many, many issues, and Egypt right now is playing a critical role in helping us to deal with Libya in a responsible way. Even today, a major step was taken which we hope, all of us, will bear fruit to put a government in place." Full Text» More»


Daesh Atrocities

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 17): "In my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims." Full Text» Atrocities Prevention Report»




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