Attendance of Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Micheál Martin, T.D. at the EU-US Summit in Prague

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Attendance of Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Micheál Martin, T.D. at the

EU-US Summit in Prague

On Sunday 5 April, Minister Micheál Martin will accompany the Taoiseach to the Informal EU-US Summit in Prague. Minister Martin will join other EU Foreign Ministers in meeting with Secretary of State Clinton to discuss a range of current international issues including the Middle East, Afghanistan, Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans.

Prior to departing for the Summit, the Minister said:

"This Summit provides an important opportunity for the EU to engage with the US Administration on global economic and foreign policy issues.

This is a time of tremendous challenge, and this Summit is a welcome opportunity for the US and the EU to work together to find a common path to recovery. It is also a forum where we can strengthen the transatlantic relationship in other important matters- including issues of disarmament and non-proliferation, about which President Obama will be speaking in Prague. It is particularly significant as we welcome President Obama to Europe on his first visit since his election. Secretary of State Clinton is, of course, a more frequent, but ever-welcome, visitor to this side of the Atlantic.

It is clear, on so many levels, that the relationship between the EU and the US is of fundamental importance. This meeting is also a further chance to cement Ireland's good relations with the new Administration - I very much look forward to meeting Secretary of State Clinton again, so soon after our discussions when I visited Washington for St. Patrick’s Day."



2 April 2009

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