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Obama praises 'peacemakers' Foster and McGuinness at St Patrick's White House meeting

By Staff Reporter

US President Barack Obama welcomed Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness to the White House with the message: "Blessed are the peacemakers."

The First and Deputy First Ministers joined Secretary of State John Kerry, Vice President Joe Biden, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers for the annual highlight of the St Patrick's week in Washington.

The president told his guests: "As I said in Belfast, hope is contagious. And you've designed a hopeful blueprint for others to follow. You're proof of what's possible. I'm very proud that my administration has played a part in helping you to make hope one of your greatest exports."

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