UK’s May meets Bill Clinton to discuss Northern Ireland crisis

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Former US President Bill Clinton shakes hands with the London policeman on duty on his arrival at the London residence of British Prime Minister Theresa May, 10 Downing Street in central London, Britain, 19 October 2017. Reports state that Theresa May will discuss the current political situation in Northern Ireland with Bill Clinton who played a key role in helping to secure the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which led to power-sharing in Northern Ireland. On 18 October 2017 Clinton met with Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein leader Michelle O’Neill during his vist to Northern Ireland.

UK’s May meets Bill Clinton to discuss Northern Ireland crisis


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Before heading to Brussels for a summit on Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May met former U.S. President Bill Clinton to discuss the political crisis in Northern Ireland.

The meeting with Clinton took place at 0830 GMT in May’s Downing Street office.

Clinton arrived for the meeting with the Prime Minister in Downing Street following private talks earlier in the week with the main Northern Ireland party leaders in Belfast.

As president, Mr Clinton played a key role in helping to secure the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which led to power-sharing at Stormont.

During his time as president, Clinton played a central role in brokering peace in the British province, where a power-sharing administration collapsed in January and opposing sides have since been unable to break the political deadlock.

Clinton traveled to Belfast this week to meet political parties and try to break the impasse.

Earlier the British government minister for the province said the chances of reaching a deal there were “not positive”.

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