Special Presidential Envoy John Allen Travel to France and the United Arab Emirates

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 13, 2014


Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL John Allen and Deputy Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk will travel to Paris November 13-14 to meet with French government and military officials to discuss international coalition efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL. Over the past six days Ambassador McGurk has also traveled to the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Turkey, and Denmark to meet with a range of government and security officials to review coalition cooperation across several lines of effort, including the next phase of the global campaign to degrade and defeat ISIL.

On November 14 General Allen and Ambassador McGurk will travel to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the Sir Bani Yas Forum, an annual high-level gathering for world leaders and thinkers to discuss critical issues of peace and security. General Allen and Ambassador McGurk will hold a series of bilateral meetings and consultations with other leaders in attendance on global coalition efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL.