Speaking following her meeting with Hillary Clinton, Rt Hon Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland paid tribute to the role the US Government played in bringing much needed inward investment to Northern Ireland.
Ms Villiers said:
So much has been achieved in Northern Ireland over the past two decades, and I want to thank Secretary of State Clinton profoundly for the role that both she and President Clinton have played in making that happen. They are among the most distinguished contributors to the enormously positive effort for peace that has come from the United States. They are true friends of Northern Ireland and I know that they will go on making a much valued contribution in years to come.
I discussed with Secretary Clinton the key challenges that face Northern Ireland now, particularly the economy. Northern Ireland has received significant investment from key US companies, in great part through Secretary Clinton’s efforts. But the work of rebalancing the economy to which we and the Executive are strongly committed will require more investment. In addition we need to make more progress towards building a genuinely shared future for all the people of Northern Ireland.
I believe that the proven goodwill of the Obama Administration will I believe be a great asset in pursuit of these objectives, and I look forward to welcoming President Obama and the G8 leaders to Northern Ireland in June 2013.