Taoiseach Micheál Martin will have a virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden today as part of the traditional St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
He will also hold talks with the US Vice President Kamala Harris, the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of the Congressional Friends of Ireland caucus.
Vice President Harris will host a virtual meeting with Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill.
Brexit, and its impact on Northern Ireland, is expected to feature prominently in today’s meetings.
The Taoiseach said he would take the opportunity today to thank the US President for his support of the Northern Ireland peace process and the Good Friday Agreement.
He will also discuss Covid-19 vaccines, telling reporters yesterday that “open supply chains” are a critical issue.
“It is critical that protectionism doesn’t take hold everywhere,” he said.
This morning, President Biden will attend St Patrick’s Day mass in his home city of Wilmington, Delaware before travelling to Washington for his meeting with the Taoiseach.
The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will host a virtual celebration that will include remarks from President Biden and the Taoiseach.
Later this evening, Mr Martin will speak at a public event hosted by the Congressional Friends of Ireland caucus in association with the Pat and John Hume Foundation, and the Embassy of Ireland commemorating Mr Hume and the pivotal role he played in garnering US support for the peace process.
A resolution reaffirming support for the Good Friday Agreement has been introduced in the US Senate ahead of the meeting between the Taoiseach and the US President.
The bipartisan motion calls for the protection of the peace process and states that while it was a historic accomplishment, the work of the Good Friday Agreement remains unfinished and requires renewed attention and action.