On Thursday, US President Joe Biden urged Britain to “work more closely” with Ireland to keep the peace in the British province of Northern Ireland.
“I think the UK should work more closely with Ireland on this issue,” Biden said in a speech to the Irish Parliament in Dublin. “Political violence must never return to this island.”
Biden arrived in Belfast earlier, amid violent protests against the 1998 Good Friday deal that ended 30 years of violent conflict in Northern Ireland.
Biden was met at Belfast airport by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and the White House hailed the tremendous progress made since the deal was signed 25 years ago.
Biden, of Irish descent, said ahead of his visit that he was looking forward to celebrating the anniversary in Belfast and “underlining the United States’ commitment to preserving peace and promoting prosperity.”