State Department Hosts Inaugural Plenary Meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 3, 2014

On November 3, Acting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman welcomed to the State Department more than 35 Washington-based ambassadors from partner countries in the global coalition to counter ISIL. This plenary session was an opportunity for coalition partners to reaffirm our shared efforts in the coalition, discuss ways in which we can integrate our contributions to coalition efforts, and review ways to accelerate or increase our joint operations.

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL John Allen and other senior U.S. officials briefed on progress across the coalition’s five lines of effort to counter ISIL: supporting regional military partners, stopping the flow of foreign fighters, cutting off ISIL’s access to financing, addressing urgent humanitarian needs, and contesting ISIL’s messaging.

As Secretary Kerry has said, every country in the world has a role to play in defeating ISIL. Today’s plenary session with partner ambassadors illustrates how strongly the global community is united in degrading and defeating ISIL, and our shared commitment to continued coordination of our efforts.