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»


Iran Nuclear Agreement: The Administration's Case

Secretary Kerry (July 28): "We believe this deal makes our country and our allies safer; it will guarantee that Iran’s program is under intense scrutiny...therefore is a good deal for the world, a good deal for America...and we believe it richly deserves your support." Full Text»


Discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations on Iran

Secretary Kerry (July 24): "This is not a question of what happens in 15 years or 20 years. This is a question of what happens now, tomorrow, if you don’t accept this deal, because Iran will go right back to its enriching. They’ve made that clear because they think they have a right. They are an NPT country." Full Text»


Testimony Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Iran

Secretary Kerry (July 23): "The choice we face is between an agreement that will ensure Iran's nuclear program is limited, rigorously scrutinized, and wholly peaceful, or no deal at all." Full Text»


Iran Nuclear Deal

Date: 07/17/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry settles into his chair in a studio at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., before appearing on the MSNBC program ''Morning Joe'' on July 17, 2015, to discuss the E.U./P5+1/U.S.-Iranian nuclear deal. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (July 19): "So this focused on getting rid of the principal problem of the region, which is Iran’s threat to Israel, their threat to the region to have a nuclear capacity." Full Text» Interviews: CNN» ABC» Fox» CBS»


Briefing to the Press on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Under Secretary Sherman (July 16):"Put simply, we have always said that no deal is better than a bad deal and that we had to get a good deal and the right deal, and we believe that this is a very good deal." Full Text»


President Obama Announces a Historic Nuclear Deal with Iran
July 14, 2015


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July 6: President Obama provides an update on our mission to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). ISIL was formerly al Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq, and has since gained territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. DipNote» More»


Release of the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Secretary Kerry (June 25): "The message at the heart of these reports is that countries do best when their citizens fully enjoy the rights and freedoms to which they are entitled." Full Text» Reports» Briefing» Media Note» DipNote»




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