Adams welcomes Neal statement on US Envoy
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the news that the US Administration has promised to retain the Special Envoy to Ireland and to the peace process.
Teachta Adams said:
“I want to welcome the news from Congressman Richard Neal that the White House has promised to retain the position of Special Envoy to Ireland and to the peace process.
“This decision builds on the recent bi-partisan letter from the Friends of Ireland group in the Congress to the US Secretary of State jointly sponsored by Congress members Neal and Crowley. 32 members of both parties in the Congress signed the letter calling for the US administration to appoint a US Special Envoy.
“Over the last 25 years, the US and its succession of Special Envoys have made an important contribution to the peace process. An Envoy can play an important role in ensuring that the Good Friday Agreement is fully implemented and in helping to chart a course through the difficulties that will increase as a result of Brexit.” ENDS
Note to Editor: Below is the statement from Congress member Richard Neal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 26, 2017:
NEAL RECEIVES ASSURANCES FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT NORTHERN IRELAND SPECIAL ENVOY POSITION WILL NOT BE ELIMINATED
(WASHINGTON) Following a meeting on tax reform at the White House today with bipartisan members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Richard E. Neal urged President Donald J. Trump not to eliminate the position of Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. Citing concerns over Brexit and the suspension of the power-sharing government in Belfast, Neal said it is critical that the United States continues to have a dedicated representative in the region working with the five main political parties and the Irish and British governments. President Trump agreed and made a commitment to fill the vacant post. Neal then confirmed the President’s decision with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
“I told President Trump that eliminating the position of Special Envoy would send a message around the world that the United States is no longer engaged in the region. As we approach the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, America must continue to play a meaningful role in the peace process. With the political institutions in the North suspended, the United States should have a dedicated representative to help prevent further political instability. I also believe we can make an important contribution to the Brexit debate and its implications on the island of Ireland. At this critical time, I am pleased that President Trump promised not to eliminate the Special Envoy post ,” said Congressman Richard Neal.
Congressman Richard E. Neal and more than 30 of his colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week urging the Trump administration not to eliminate the Northern Ireland Special Envoy position.