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Hillary Clinton to speak at UU
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Hillary Clinton last spoke at the University of Ulster in 1997
Former US First Lady Hillary Clinton is to deliver an address on peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland next month.

The US senator will speak at the University of Ulster's Magee Campus in Londonderry on 26 August.

She last spoke at the university in 1997.

UU president Gerry McKenna said both Mrs Clinton and her husband Bill were great friends of the university.

She and the former US president were the first White House couple to visit Northern Ireland, he said.

"They dedicated themselves to this community when we needed them most and their international standing and support gave immense impetus and credibility to the efforts of our political leaders in Northern Ireland to bring about lasting peace and reconciliation," added Professor McKenna.

Former SDLP leader John Hume, who holds the UU's Tip O'Neill Chair in Peace studies, said he was deeply honoured that Mrs Clinton was to give the annual lecture.

"I have no doubt that her presence will be an outstanding international occasion," said the Nobel peace prize holder.

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