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Northern Ireland leaders have Hillary Clinton meeting

 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met the Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met the Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

Northern Ireland's First and Deputy First Ministers have held talks with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington DC.

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness are in the US for meetings with political and economic representatives.

Both men began their visit by meeting potential investors in Chicago.

The meeting with Secretary Clinton followed a major business briefing event organised by US Economic envoy Declan Kelly.

Deputy First Minister McGuinness said the meeting "provided an opportunity for us to further cement the close ties that we have with this and previous US administrations".

"Over many years Secretary Clinton has played a hugely supportive role in that process, and in our discussions today I welcomed her determination to continue that role," he said.

First Minister Robinson said they briefed the Secretary of State on "ongoing political developments and on our efforts to promote investment in Northern Ireland".

"In Washington and also in Chicago, we have been able to engage with leading figures in corporate America and stress once again the many mutual benefits that exist for investors from the US and the Northern Ireland economy," he said.

"I would be hopeful that, as has been the case in the past, this engagement will bear fruit in the months and years ahead as we seek to grow the partnership between our two countries at both a political and economic level."



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