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Minister Flanagan meets U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Diplomatic Relations, Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, North America, Ireland, 2014


Minister will attend swearing-in of new U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and mark the 90th anniversary of Ireland-US diplomatic relations


Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan, TD, will meet with US Vice-President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington D.C. today.

He will also attend the swearing-in of Kevin O’Malley as the new US Ambassador to Ireland.

The Minister’s Washington D.C. programme will focus on Northern Ireland, immigration reform, and Ireland-US economic links.

Minister Flanagan said:

“With the British and Irish Governments becoming directly involved in convening all-party talks in Northern Ireland in the coming weeks, my visit is an important and timely opportunity to engage with the US Administration and with Irish-American supporters of the Northern Ireland peace process. US support and engagement remains critical to sustaining the peace in Northern Ireland.

“In my meeting with Vice-President Biden, I will convey the best wishes of the Government and people of Ireland to Ambassador O’Malley as he takes up his important position. The new Ambassador’s swearing-in is all the more significant as we approach the 90thanniversary of the establishment of Ireland-U.S. diplomatic relations.

“Following our contacts last week in New York, I am looking forward to meeting again with Secretary of State Kerry.”

The Minister’s visit to Washington D.C. takes place just ahead of the 90th anniversary of Ireland-U.S. diplomatic relations. This evening, Minister Flanagan will launch a series of cultural and historical events to commemorate the anniversary at a reception hosted by Ambassador Anne Anderson.

Minister Flanagan is also meeting the US Chamber of Commerce this morning to update them on Ireland’s economic recovery, to discuss support for Irish companies which are exporting to the US and about attracting investment to Ireland.

Minister Flanagan travelled to Washington D.C. from New York, where he addressed the United Nations General Assembly last night.



Press Office

30 September 2014


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