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State Visit

'They've been preparing freshly baked biscuits': When Michael D met Boris Johnson (video)

London Mayor Boris Johnson had a unique way of greeting the President at City Hall in London this afternoon.

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LONDON MAYOR BORIS Johnson told Michael D Higgins that his staff had been preparing “freshly baked biscuits” for his State visit as he greeted him at City Hall this afternoon.

Johnson made the rather bizarre comments as the President arrived at City Hall near London’s famous Tower Bridge for the ‘Taking Charge of Change Together’ youth event with his wife Sabina, the Tánaiste and Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald also in attendance.

photo-2 Sabina Higgins arrives at City Hall this afternoon Hugh O'Connell / Hugh O'Connell / /

As they engaged in a “historic handshake”, Johnson told Higgins: “I can’t tell you the excitement in my office.

“I’ve got lots of Irish people and they’ve all been preparing freshly baked biscuits.”

He described it as “unprecedented” before Higgins then briefly broke away to shake hands with one of the onlookers who said he was from Dublin.

Johnson was asked by the assembled media if he had plans to visit Ireland, to which he responded: “I am seldom away from Ireland, but not immediately.”

Read: ‘I’m so pleased to be here’: President Higgins meets David Cameron at Downing Street

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