Hillary Clinton to make NI visit

Published Friday, 30 November 2012
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to visit Belfast next week, the White House has confirmed.

Hillary Clinton to make NI visit
Hilary Clinton will visit NI next Friday. (© Getty)

Mrs Clinton will travel to Belfast next Friday 7 December to meet officials as well as discuss the peace process and investment opportunities.

It could be one of her last foreign engagements.

The visit is part of a four-day trip that will also take in Dublin, the Czech Republic and Belgium.

Mrs Clinton, who visited Northern Ireland three times with her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, during the 1990s, plans to discuss the trilateral US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership and economic opportunities for Northern Ireland.

Later Mrs Clinton will take part in an event hosted by The Ireland Funds - a global fundraising network supporting programmes of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education, and community development in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Her journey to Belfast will follow a host of engagements in the Republic.

In Dublin she is expected at a ministerial meeting of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and will discuss areas of co-operation in promoting peace, human rights, and economic growth with Irish officials to discuss.

She is due to deliver a major speech on US achievements in support of human rights globally.

This visit could be one of Mrs Clinton's last foreign engagements as Secretary of State which is the American equivalent of Foreign Secretary.

She has been among the most travelled US politicians, however her term runs out next month and she has publicly stated that she does not wish to have a second term.

Mr and Mrs Clinton visited Northern Ireland three times during his time in office from 1993 and 2001.

In 1995 they turned on the Christmas lights in Belfast just a year after the first IRA ceasefire.

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Ryan in Belfast wrote (596 days ago):
This is great news, the Clintons has always been great friends to the people of Ireland, both the Republican and Unionist community. By the look of things, i wouldnt be surprised if Hilary was the next President of the United States, it would be great seeing a woman president. My grandmother was lucky enough to meet Bill Clinton and Hilary when they came to Belfast in the early 90's, they are great people.
jimmymac in canada wrote (599 days ago):
@Norman.d You should be honored, in knowing that Hillary Clinton is coming back to enlighten the wee North of Ireland, I hope you can buy yourself a wee American flag to wave and greet the lovely Lady,when she comes to town and who knows maybe she might take a sail on the banger boat,Anyway don't forget to repeat the words God Bless America. Ho ho ho.
norman.d in bangor wrote (599 days ago):
this woman should stay in America with the mess their economy is in we dont need her coming here to tell us how to run the country just look at egypt who america were involved in and libya she should sort this mess out
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