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Ahern, Bush to discuss terror

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Ray O’Hanlon

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern will meet with President Bush Thursday in Washington.

The two leaders will discuss the war against international terrorism and Ireland’s role at the United Nations, where it holds a seat on the Security Council.

Ahern will also use the meeting with Bush to update the president on the latest developments in the Northern Ireland peace process.

Ahern is also visiting Boston and New York, where he is expected to pay a visit to Ground Zero in lower Manhattan on Friday.

The Ahern visit will begin Wednesday in Boston, where the taoiseach will address the forum on Public Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Ahern will fly from Boston to Washington for his meeting with Bush before heading for New York for a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. On Thursday evening, Ahern will be presented with the Achievement Award at the annual dinner of the Ireland-U.S. Council for Commerce and Industry.

As Ahern flies back to Ireland Friday, Ireland’s foreign minister, Brian Cowen, will be arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations. Ireland has just relinquished the rotating presidency of the Security Council, which it held for the month of October.

Both Ahern and Cowen have been strongly vocal in pledging Ireland’s support for the war against terrorism and Ireland was quick to pledge logistical support for the U.S. in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks on America.

U.S. military aircraft are presently able to fly directly over Irish airspace and land at Shannon Airport for refueling.

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