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Foster 'happy' to meet Irish minister Coveney after claims DUP snubbed Brexit meeting

Simon Coveney (Niall Carson/PA)
Simon Coveney (Niall Carson/PA)

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has said that the DUP has declined an invitation to meet him during his visit to Belfast this week.

However DUP leader Arlene Foster said that her party had "useful discussions" with the Irish Government in the past and said she was happy to meet with Mr Coveney on Thursday in Belfast.

The Tanaiste is meeting with business and political leaders to discuss Brexit.

Mr Coveney attended an event at Queen's University on Wednesday to mark two years since the collapse of Stormont.

Writing in Thursday's Belfast Telegraph he said that Brexit should not be allowed to thwart the return of power-sharing in Northern Ireland.

Mr Coveney said he was open to meeting all political representatives.

"We want to speak to all parties, we want to ensure that we are talking to representatives from all sections of communities in Northern Ireland," the Tanasite said.

"That is what we have tried to do through this process, that is what the Prime Minister has also tried to do. That is why the Irish Government supports the deal that the Prime Minister has negotiated with the EU."

It was later confirmed the two will meet on Thursday afternoon.

Arlene Foster
Arlene Foster

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