US President Joe Biden has confirmed that he will visit Ireland from April 11th to 14th.
President Biden will begin his trip in Belfast, marking the “tremendous progress since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement”.
The two-day programme in the North will “underscore the readiness of the United States to support Northern Ireland’s vast economic potential to the benefit of all communities”.
President Biden will then travel south for ‘various engagements’ including events in Dublin, Louth, and Mayo.
In Mayo, he will “deliver an address to celebrate the deep, historic ties that link our countries and people”.
The White House said he will also use his visit to the Republic to “discuss our close cooperation on the full range of shared global challenges”.
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The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it will be a “privilege and a special moment” to welcome the US President to Ireland.
“Joe Biden has always been a friend of Ireland,” he said.
“Over many decades, and to this day, he has supported the cause of peace in Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement.
“He stood with us as we navigated the difficult consequences of Brexit.
“When we spoke recently in the White House, President Biden was clear that, in celebrating the Good Friday Agreement, we should be looking ahead, not backwards.
“We need to continue working together as true partners to fulfil the potential of all the people who call this island their home.”
Mr Varadkar said the visit is “an opportunity to celebrate and renew the strong political, economic and personal ties that bind our two countries together”.
“Above all, it is an opportunity to welcome a great Irish-American President home,” he said.