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Today’s meeting with President of The United States, Joe Biden and Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris was extremely beneficial, the First Minister has said.

The meeting, which was hosted by Vice President Harris, took place as part of the annual programme of St Patrick’s Day engagements in Washington DC.

During the meeting, the Minister covered a range of issues with the President and Vice President, around shared challenges and future opportunities. Issues discussed included our progress on tackling the COVID 19 pandemic and driving our economic recovery, as well as highlighting regional strengths and priorities.

The Minister also expressed hope that President Biden and Vice President Harris would be able to visit here when they have an opportunity to do so.

Earlier in the day, the First Minister addressed the NI Bureau’s annual showcase event, this year to a large virtual audience including political, business and tourism leaders in the United States and beyond.

The Bureau event, which was delivered in partnership with InvestNI, Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI, was supported by a range of well-known personalities and featured contributions from local talent. It also showcased our tourism offering as well as opportunities for business investors.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: “Our meeting with President Biden and Vice President Harris was extremely valuable. It provided an opportunity to further strengthen our links with the US and look forward to our economic recovery, which will be a key focus for us as we emerge from the pandemic.

“Investment will be a crucial part of our rejuvenating our economy, and as our largest international investor, there is huge potential in our relationship with the United States. And of course, we have much to offer, not least our highly skilled workforce, world class universities and a competitive cost environment.

“As First Minister, I am so proud of Northern Ireland and always welcome the opportunity to showcase our wonderful people and amazing places to the rest of the world. While we had to do things differently this year, the virtual NI Bureau event was a wonderful reflection of what makes Northern Ireland so special.”