Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Clinton in Dublin on trade mission

Former US president Bill Clinton is due to visit Dublin

Former US president Bill Clinton is due to use a visit to Northern Ireland to promote the prospect of American investment in the region.

His two-day trip comes ahead of a major Northern Ireland investment conference in Washington next month to be hosted by Hillary Clinton.

Mr Clinton will be in Londonderry to meet business leaders currently lobbying to build economic links across the Atlantic.

He may also use the visit as an opportunity to honour the contribution of former SDLP leader John Hume to the peace process.

The former president will meet First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the University of Ulster's Magee College where he will deliver a keynote address to an invited audience.

Acting provost of the university Professor Deirdre Heenan said Mr Clinton would focus on economic issues.

Mr Clinton will travel on to Dublin after the engagement where he will open the Clinton Institute for American studies at University College Dublin.

US economic envoy to Northern Ireland Declan Kelly will also attend Magee.

The economic summit organised by US secretary of state Hillary Clinton will take place on October 19 in Washington DC.

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