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US to be involved in upcoming Northern Ireland peace talks

The Foreign Affairs minister called for the continued strong US support for the Peace Process in Northern Ireland.

ITS UNDERSTOOD THAT the US are planning to play a role in the upcoming round of Northern Ireland peace talks.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan met with US Vice President, Joe Biden and US Secretary of State, John Kerry where he reiterated the need for continued strong US support for the Peace Process in Northern Ireland.

“Throughout the Peace Process, the unwavering support of successive US Administrations has been critically important, as it will be again in addressing the current challenges,” he said.

The talks are due to take place in the coming weeks,

Minister Flanagan said he has spent a number of weeks consulting with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Party leaders and it his strong view that All Party Talks involving both the British and Irish Governments are required to overcome the current political impasse within the Northern Ireland Executive.

These issues, he says, include the legacy issues of parades, flags and identity and dealing with the past.

“I believe it is now time for these talks to take place,” he said.

Read: Fresh talks on the horizon for Northern Ireland legacy issues

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