Biden praises Northern Ireland"s leaders for conciliation

(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with the leaders of the Northern Ireland Executive, First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

The Office of the Vice President said in a statement that Biden, during the Friday meeting, "commended the leaders for the remarkable progress achieved since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and 2007 St. Andrews Agreement." The Vice President also stressed "the importance of Northern Ireland continuing to move forward toward a shared future of peace and prosperity for all.

Biden also commended "the efforts of Dr. Richard Haass, the independent chair for the talks among Northern Ireland's political parties on sensitive issues of parades, flags/symbols, and matters dealing with the past." "While noting his disappointment that the all-party talks have not yet reached agreement, the Vice President urged the First Minister, deputy First Minister, and Northern Ireland's political leaders to continue talks on these sensitive issues," the statement added

"Biden pledged continuing U.S. support for Northern Ireland, including efforts to strengthen the economy and bring prosperity to the island," the statement affirmed.

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

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