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US promises support for Good Friday agreement as Taoiseach meets Biden and Kamala on St Patrick’s Day

DUBLIN: Although the traditional visit on St. Patrick’s Day was in virtual mode, it is believed that this day paved the way for a warm renewal of relations between the United States and Ireland.

US President Joe Biden and Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin met virtually during the traditional presentation of the shamrock at the White House.

The US President promised all possible support for the Good Friday agreement to Ireland. Taoiseach Martin expressed gratitude to Mr. Biden for his support for the agreement.

“I look forward to exploring how we can defeat the Covid-19 virus, working together, urgently to increase the supply of vaccine for our own people and for people around the world,” Taoiseach said.

“It’s a great tradition, a custom that goes all the way back to Harry Truman . . . tonight, Taoiseach, I hope you will be able to see it remotely, we’re going to light up the White House in green to celebrate the deep, deep affection that we Americans have for Ireland and the people of Ireland,” Mr. Biden said.

Mr. Martin had earlier interacted with US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and new Vice President Kamala Harris.

Kamala Harris told Taoiseach that the US’ support of Ireland ‘remains steadfast’. “You may be the first woman in your role, but you will not be the last. I hope that I will have the opportunity to welcome you to Ireland too during your time as vice president,” Taoiseach said to Ms. Harris.

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