The UK and Ireland are on high alert as President Joe Biden arrives for his four-day visit to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. With a significant police presence in Belfast, the President will meet with Northern Ireland’s political leaders, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, before giving a speech at Ulster University on Wednesday.
The Good Friday Agreement, signed in 1998, helped bring an end to 30 years of violent conflict in Northern Ireland, and Biden’s visit is a powerful reminder of the ongoing commitment to peace in the region. His itinerary also includes a meeting with Irish President Michael D Higgins and a visit to County Mayo, where he has ancestral roots.
As well as commemorating the Good Friday Agreement, the President’s trip is also an opportunity to celebrate the close ties between the US and Ireland. Biden’s address in County Mayo will highlight the deep connections between the two countries and people, cementing the special relationship that has existed for generations.
With the eyes of the world on Belfast and beyond, Biden’s visit is a significant moment in the ongoing peace process, and a reminder that even in the midst of turmoil, hope and reconciliation are possible.