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Anglo-Irish Ebola work 'excellent'

British and Irish co-operation on tackling Ebola is excellent, Ireland's foreign affairs minister said.

The countries are closely co-operating on the ground in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond visited Dublin for the first formal bilateral meeting between the two foreign ministers.

His counterpart Charlie Flanagan said: "One specific area of excellent Irish-British co-operation is on Ebola, where there is close co-operation on the ground in Freetown between Irish and British personnel."

More than 18,000 people have been infected and more than 6,500 have died in West Africa since the initial case in Guinea a year ago, in an area close to Liberia and Sierra Leone. The virus quickly spread to capital cities in all three West African nations and has become the worst in history.

Minister Flanagan also discussed bilateral co-operation, Northern Ireland, international issues and UK-EU relations with his British counterpart.

They attended a lecture by former Irish President Mary McAleese about the 1914 Christmas truce.

Minister Flanagan said: "His presence reflects our common wish to acknowledge the memory of the many who died in the First World War."

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