July 22, 2024

President Biden Announces Presidential Delegation to Belfast, Northern Ireland to Attend the 25th Anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement

President Joe Biden walks along the West Colonnade to deliver remarks in the White House Rose Garden on testing negative after his mild case of COVID-19, Wednesday July 27, 2022. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has announced the formation of a Presidential Delegation that will attend the 25th Anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement in Belfast, Northern Ireland from April 17-19, 2023.

The delegation will participate in the Agreement Twenty-Five conference hosted by Queen’s University Belfast and attend the Anniversary Dinner at Hillsborough Castle at the invitation of His Majesty’s Government. The delegation will be led by the Honorable Joseph Kennedy III, Special Envoy to Northern Ireland for Economic Affairs.

The Presidential Delegation will include the Honorable Jane Hartley, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Honorable Claire D. Cronin, United States Ambassador to Ireland, the Honorable Dr. Amanda Sloat, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe, National Security Council, and Mr. Paul Narain, Consul General in Belfast.

The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement was signed on April 10, 1998, and is considered to be one of the most significant political agreements in recent history. The agreement brought an end to three decades of conflict in Northern Ireland, commonly known as “The Troubles,” which had claimed thousands of lives and resulted in widespread destruction in the region. The agreement established a framework for power-sharing between political parties in Northern Ireland and a commitment to respect human rights.

President Biden has consistently expressed his strong support for the Good Friday Agreement and its implementation. During his campaign, he pledged to prioritize the peace process in Northern Ireland and reaffirmed his commitment to the agreement upon taking office.

The Presidential Delegation’s participation in the 25th Anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement underscores the United States’ ongoing support for the peace process in Northern Ireland and its commitment to a peaceful and prosperous future for all the people of the region.

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