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Tánaiste to meet British Foreign Secretary William Hague in London

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs will meet his British counterpart in London today.

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THE TÁNAISTE AND Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is to meet with the British Foreign Secretary William Hague in London today.

Developments in the eurozone, Ireland’s upcoming presidency of the European Union and the ongoing violence in Syria are likely to be on the agenda, the Tánaiste said.

Gilmore also said both men will seek to maximise the economic and political benefits from Ireland’s strengthened relationship with the United Kingdom in the aftermath of the visit by Queen Elizabeth II a year ago.

“One year on from the visit of Queen Elizabeth II, British-Irish relations have never been stronger. My talks with William Hague will focus on how we can maximise the benefits – economically and politically – of our newly strengthened relationship,” he said.

“We will also discuss EU developments, including restoring stability to the Eurozone and the priorities for Ireland’s Presidency of the EU in the first half of next year, as well as UN and European action on Syria ahead of the forthcoming meeting of EU Foreign Ministers.

The meeting is one of a series in the run up to the European summit at the end of June where Gilmore said he will be making the case for a deal on Ireland’s bank debt and a “stronger European Growth Agenda”.

He is also due attend a number of functions organised by Enterprise Ireland and meet with London-based members of the Global Irish Network.

The events organised by Enterprise Ireland will focus on Irish and British companies involved in the financing and provision of green and renewable energy.

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