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Biden to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day virtually with Ireland’s prime minister




“St. Patrick’s Day is a particularly special event for President Biden, given his Irish heritage, and that’s why he’s also committed to keeping tomorrow’s events so close to how they would appear if we did it in person,” he said. say a senior administration official said Tuesday.

The Irish Taioseach, or Prime Minister, usually has a standing invitation to the White House on St. Patrick’s Day. The event moved to a virtual format after the coronavirus pandemic halted many international trips and changed the way they gathered to celebrate and celebrate holidays.

According to the official, there will still be a traditional Shamrock Bowl ceremony, and the Irish government has sent a “beautiful engraved bowl” and clovers to the White House.

Biden and Martin are expected to discuss the fight against the pandemic, increased “shared prosperity” and support for political and economic stability in Northern Ireland, the official said. The two leaders will make statements at the beginning of the meeting.

“This year, as Ireland holds a seat on the UN Security Council, we will redouble our joint work on peacekeeping, conflict resolution, accountability mechanisms and women’s rights. Ireland and the United States as well. they will work together to strengthen the United States. Association of the European Union “, according to the White House.

Biden, the family has Irish roots, will attend a Mass on Wednesday morning in honor of St. Patrick’s Day in Wilmington, Delaware, according to the White House.

The president often talks about how he grew up practicing in the mirror for hours and hours reciting poetry written by Irish poets like William Butler Yeats to control his stuttering.

Vice President Kamala Harris will also meet with Martin on Wednesday morning instead of the breakfast that has normally been hosted by the Vice President on St. Patrick’s Day.

Harris will then meet with virtually Northern Ireland Prime Minister Arlene Foster and First Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill, according to the official.

“President Biden will go to the meeting to strengthen U.S. support for the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, as well as peace and stability in Northern Ireland,” the official said.

Last year, St. Patrick’s Day coincided with the start of the coronavirus blockade. Trump’s White House canceled the reception intended to celebrate the party and the visit of Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach at the time.