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Adams meets Hillary Clinton

17 March, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams last night met the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington.

The Sinn Féin President thanked Mrs Clinton and the US Administration for continued support for the peace process in Ireland.

Mr. Adams said:

“The Secretary of State has played an important and supportive role in the Irish peace process. I had an opportunity today to thank her for that continued focus by the US government.”

The meeting today also allowed the Sinn Féin leader to raise a number of issues, including the future of the International Fund for Ireland which has made an important economic contribution over many years; US economic support for regeneration and investment; and the need for continuing US support for the peace process and for the political institutions.

The Sinn Féin leader also briefed the Secretary of State on the current political situation and in particular the work arising from the Hillsborough Agreement on implementing the outstanding issues from the Good Friday and St. Andrew’s Agreements.

Later Mr. Adams met US Senator Chris Dodd and briefed him on the political process.

Mr. Adams also raised the plight of the thousands of undocumented Irish living in the USA.

Mr. Adams said:

“There are many thousands of undocumented Irish living and working in the USA who have built new lives and are contributing positively to that society.

"Sinn Féin supports immigration reform which would provide a visa for the undocumented Irish." ENDS

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