The United States has “no closer ally, no closer partner” than Britain — but the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland must be protected post-Brexit, President Joe Biden’s top diplomat said in a visit to London on Monday.
“We’re connected. It’s often said but always important to reaffirm,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a Downing Street news conference.
“We’re connected by ties of friendship, family, history, shared values, and shared sacrifice.”
But in between warm talk of the special relationship there was a warning that the 1998 peace deal covering terms of the border between the UK and Ireland must be upheld despite the problems faced since Brexit.
“The United States remains a steadfast supporter of a secure and prosperous Northern Ireland, in which all communities have a voice and can enjoy the gains of the hard won peace,” Blinken said.
“Like several US presidents before him, President Biden has been unequivocal in his support for the Good Friday Agreement which was a historic achievement and one that we should protect.”