Cowen in Washington for Talks
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Brian Cowen, T.D., arrives in Washington D.C. tonight for meetings with the Clinton Administration and members of Congress.
The Minister will hold discussions tomorrow with the U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, the National Security Advisor, Samuel Berger, and the National Security Advisor to the Vice President, Leon Fuerth. On Capitol Hill Mr Cowen will be meeting individually with a number of Senators, including Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd, and with the House International Relations Committee.
The main focus of these discussions will be the ongoing implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and current issues in Northern Ireland, in particular police reform and the Patten Report.
Mr Cowen will also discuss a range of international issues, including nuclear disarmament, the Middle East peace process, relations between the United States and the European Union and reform of the United Nations (where Ireland is currently a candidate for the UN Security Council)
The Minister arrives in Washington after a week of intensive lobbying in New York in pursuit of a seat on the United Nations Security Council where he has lobbied 70 Foreign Ministers at UN Headquarters.Top