Second meeting of US-led anti-ISIL coalition held

Thursday, February 05, 2015
US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at 2nd plenary meeting of US-led coalition against ISIL
[PHOTO: State Department/Flickr/Public Domain
Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry today welcomed the senior diplomatic representatives from nearly 60 nations, including more than 35 Washington-based ambassadors, from partner countries in the global coalition to counter ISIL. 

The plenary session was an opportunity for coalition partners to reaffirm their shared resolve to address this common threat and discuss how to strengthen, accelerate, and integrate our contributions to coalition efforts. 

This is the second Washington plenary session of coalition ambassadors, following the inaugural plenary session on November 3, 2014.

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL - John Allen - and other senior US 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 countering ISIL’s messaging.

“As Secretary Kerry has said, nearly every country in the world has a role to play in defeating ISIL,” the State Department said in a media statement.

“Today’s plenary session, which builds on the December 3 Coalition Ministerial in Brussels and the January 22 Small Group meeting in London, illustrates how strong the global community is united in degrading and defeating ISIL, and underscores our shared commitment to continued coordination of our joint operations,” the statement further read.
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