Washington, March 17: President Joe Biden is marking St Patrick's Day as he recommits the US to the Good Friday Agreement, which has come under increasing stress following the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union.
Biden, the latest president of Irish decent, is set for a virtual meeting Wednesday with Ireland's prime minister, Taoiseach Micheal Martin. The president attended a morning Mass at the aptly named St Patrick's Church near his family home in Wilmington, Delaware, before returning to the White House to partake in St Patrick's Day celebrations toned down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Happy St Patrick’s Day 2021 Greetings, Wishes & HD Images: Share WhatsApp Stickers, GIFs, Shamrock Photos, Telegram Quotes & Facebook Photos on Feast of Saint Patrick.
St Patrick's Day 2021: US President Joe Biden to Mark the Day, Praise Good Friday Accord
As we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I’m reminded of my trip to Ireland in 2016 as vice president. The partnership between our two nations is historic and strong — and I look forward to renewing our bond during this afternoon’s bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Micheál Martin. pic.twitter.com/XdILGVzv5L
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 17, 2021
Biden and Martin's virtual bilateral meeting — Biden's third with a foreign leader since he took office eight weeks ago — will be followed by the presentation of an engraved bowl of shamrock, which was sent ahead to Washington. It ensures that a tradition that began in 1952 will continue uninterrupted, if modified by COVID-19 concerns.
The White House said Biden will also drop in on Vice President Kamala Harris' meeting with Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill in a show of support for the Good Friday Agreement.
Signed in 1998, the Good Friday Agreement helped end sectarian violence that had raged for three decades over the issue of Northern Ireland unifying with Ireland or remaining part of the UK.
The UK's January 1 exit from the EU has created new tensions over trade and travel at the Irish border. Just Monday, the EU said it was starting legal action against the UK, arguing that the former member does not respect the conditions of the Brexit withdrawal agreement and is violating international law by unilaterally extending a special trade system at the land border that was set up as part of the Brexit divorce deal.
The White House stressed that the US continues to support the Good Friday Agreement and its implementation. It called the agreement “the bedrock of peace, stability, and prosperity for all the people of Northern Ireland”.
Biden and Martin's meeting also will emphasise their commitment to addressing global challenges and combating the coronavirus, among other issues, the White House said.
“Our two countries are committed to working together to safely restore global travel, work within multilateral fora to prevent and respond to future outbreaks, and ensure a sustainable global economic recovery,” the White House said in a statement.
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