The Democratic president embarked Tuesday on a four-day visit to both countries, including. Appearances in Belfast, the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland.
Biden Celebrating Diplomacy
When visiting with distant relatives in the Republic of Ireland, President Joe Biden highlighted the American role in halting terrible strife in Northern Ireland 25 years ago as he set off on his diplomatic and family celebration travel on Tuesday. His return is his first as president of the United States. The Good Friday Agreement, which was signed on that day in April 1998 and put an end to three decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland that resulted in 3,600 deaths, was 25 years old on Monday.
In conjunction with Biden’s visit, Northern Ireland, which is a part of the United Kingdom, is commemorating the significant occasion. In March, UK officials elevated the terrorist threat level in Northern Ireland to “severe,” warning of IRA dissidents opposed to the peace process and planning attacks. Profound differences still exist in the conflict’s legacy. A police car was set on fire and petrol bombs were thrown by youths during a dissident march in Londonderry on Monday.
The Democratic president embarked Tuesday on a four-day visit to both countries, including appearances in Belfast, the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland; in Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland; and in County Louth and County Mayo, on Ireland’s East and West coasts, respectively. He will also address Ireland’s Parliament.