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US coalition envoy on ISIL continues travels around Gulf to meet senior leaders
October 31, 2014, 12:33 pm
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The US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, General John Allen, and Ambassador Brett McGurk continued their meetings around the Gulf focused on countering ISIL and met Wednesday with senior leaders in Doha, Abu Dhabi, and Muscat.

In Doha, the team met with Qatari Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani, Minister of Defense Hamad al-Attiyah and Assistant Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Rumaihi to discuss US cooperation with Qatar across the five lines of coalition effort.

Allen and McGurk, "conveyed their appreciation for Qatar's participation in coalition airstrikes in Syria, noted our support for steps Qatar has taken to counter ISIL's access to financing and discussed a number of other ways in which Qatar can continue its contributions to international coalition efforts," said State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki to reporters Thursday.

In Abu Dhabi the pair met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and other senior Emirati political, military and national security officials. There, they also conveyed appreciation for the UAE role in military airstrikes in Syria and noted, "important steps that the UAE has taken to tighten their counterterrorism laws and make it illegal for Emiratis to fight abroad." The last stop Wednesday was in Muscat to meet with senior Omani political and military officials.

Psaki reiterated that the envoy, "conveyed their appreciation for the strong and historic partnership with Oman and found broad agreement on the threat of ISIL and the comprehensive strategy for confronting it." Psaki highlighted that, "senior Emrati, Qatari and Omani officials joined the US and Kuwait in making strong statements at the communicators' conference in Kuwait earlier this week. While there is still work to be done, we're encouraged by the consensus views."

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