Biden underscores need to maintain Northern Ireland peace, will not weigh in on UK-EU row

Biden underscores need to maintain Northern Ireland peace, will not weigh in on UK-EU row

US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday (17 March) it was “critically important” to maintain Northern Ireland’s peace process, but a senior aide said the US government would not take sides in a UK-EU rift over movement of goods to the British-ruled province. ‘Critically important’ to maintain Good Friday agreement: Biden As Biden held a virtual meeting with Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin (pictured) on St. Patrick’s Day, he underscored his support for the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement that ended decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland. In a joint…

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EU to step up pressure on Belgium to end travel ban

EU to step up pressure on Belgium to end travel ban

The European Commission is stepping up the pressure on the Belgian authorities to end the ban on non-essential travel currently in force until after the Easter holidays. On Twitter, European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said that in a conversation with Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden, he insisted that Belgium must respect the principle of free movement of persons in the EU. “The Commission expects an end date for the ban on non-essential travel, and other less restrictive measures, such as testing and quarantines,” he said. Belgium was criticised for its travel…

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