First Minister Paul Givan and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill have welcomed the appointment of the new United States Consul General, Paul Narain.
Mr Narain, who replaces Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau as Consul General, and his deputy, Chris Rendo today visited Stormont Castle where they met with the First Minister and Junior Minister Declan Kearney.
First Minister Paul Givan said:
“It is a pleasure to welcome the new US Consul General to Northern Ireland. I look forward to working with Mr Narain and his team as we continue to grow our special friendship with the United States.
“Through our close working relationship with the Consulate General in Belfast, and our Bureau in Washington DC, we will continue to cultivate and strengthen our political, economic and cultural links with the US.”
Junior Minister Declan Kearney said:
“I was delighted to welcome the new US Consul General to Belfast on behalf of deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. We are looking forward to working with Mr Narain and his team to further our unique relationship with the United States.
“We have extremely strong historical, political, cultural, educational and economic links with the US, and by continuing to build upon those important connections we can develop future opportunities for transatlantic cooperation that will bring real and lasting benefits for all our people.”
During the meeting, the First Minister and Junior Minister Kearney outlined key priorities for the Executive, recognising the many shared challenges on both sides of the Atlantic. There was particular discussion of the Executive’s ongoing work to combat Covid-19, its efforts towards promoting economic and societal recovery, and its commitment to tackling climate change.
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