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Joe Biden will receive a formal invitation to visit Northern Ireland next month to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
Plans for the US president’s visit to Japan had been in the works for months, but his participation was in doubt as negotiations between the UK and the EU on a post-Brexit Northern Ireland trade deal solidified.
Today, however, Rishi Sunak is set to formally invite Mr Biden, despite uncertainty over whether union members will accept the Windsor Framework agreed with Brussels to remove trade barriers with the UK. in the process of.
The prime minister will meet with the president one-on-one in San Diego for the first time since the G20 summit in November.
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“Hopefully he will be able to get it done, so that’s a good way to go. It was a big step.”
“My focus right now is to speak to everyone in Northern Ireland so we can move forward and find positive ways to start and implement sharing power. That’s my priority Now, it’s great to have the opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements of the GFA and the balance that, in fact, was out of balance. I believe he will recover.”
He declined to comment on whether Biden will return for the king’s coronation in May, saying only that he has “a lot of great things to celebrate.”
Since taking office, the President has made one trip to the UK to attend the G7 Summit in Cornwall in 2021. Biden, who has often commented on his pride in his Irish ancestry, has yet to visit Ireland during his presidency.
Members of his government have previously announced that he would return to Northern Ireland around April 10th if the region was still in a political stalemate as a result of union members’ anger over trade disruptions within Northern Ireland. Britain caused by the Northern Ireland Protocol negotiated by Boris Johnson.