United States President Joe Biden met Taoiseach (Irish PM) Leo Varadkar at the White House on Friday and spoke in support of the Windsor Framework, inked by the UK and European Union (EU) on February 27.
The Windsor Framework is a post-Brexit trade rule for Northern Ireland intended to remove the border between Britain and Northern Ireland running through the Irish Sea.
"I believe there are now incredible opportunities for economic development in Northern Ireland, especially with the potential of the Windsor Framework recently agreed with the European Commission and the UK Government," Varadkar said.
"Our task now is to complete that mission to help the people of Northern Ireland to build a more peaceful and more prosperous future together," he added.
The St. Patrick's Day festivities come ahead of an anticipated US presidential trip to Northern Ireland to mark the upcoming anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement which the US helped broker a quarter-century ago.
The goal of the agreement is to bring an end to decades of sectarian violence. Biden said earlier this week that he intends to make the visit, although formal details have not been announced by the White House.
At a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office with the Taoiseach, Biden called the visit "a big day," adding that "Ireland and the United States share friendship and long, long traditions."
Additionally, Biden thanked Varadkar for his partnership in the Ukraine war, hosting 80,000 people who have fled the conflict.
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