US SECRETARY OF State Hillary Clinton has left for Belfast after the final session of the international security conference in Dublin.
Clinton’s plane left Dublin airport shortly after 10 o’clock this morning and is due to arrive in Belfast shortly. She will to meet with senior political leaders to discuss progress on the peace process during her time in the city.
Speaking at the end of her visit to Dublin last night, Clinton described Ireland as a “critical leader and partner in the ongoing work toward reconciliation and peace building”.
She said she was “looking forward to my visit to Belfast tomorrow to see for myself what the situation is.”
At a speech in DCU Clinton said that she will fight for online freedom, describing it as one of the four frontlines of human rights.
A small number of protesters burned an American flag at a demonstration last night against Clinton’s visit to Ireland. The Irish Anti-War Movement said the protest was to highlight the hypocrisy of America’s record on human rights.
Separately, the PSNI has arrested four men after discovering a homemade bomb during a search of a car in Derry last night. The viable Improvised Explosive Device is not believed to be connected to Clinton’s visit.
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- Additional reporting by AFP