Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs [Department of State] Law and Legal Definition

The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs within the U.S. Department of State deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. diplomatic relations with certain countries and geographic entities.

The countries or geographic entities with which the Bureau deals diplomatic relations include :Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

The Bureau also handles regional policy issues including Iraq, Middle East peace, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction; and political and economic reform.