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Taoiseach holds calls with President Trump and Prime Minister May


An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar held his first phone call this afternoon with US President Donald Trump since their respective elections.

President Trump congratulated An Taoiseach on his recent election as leader of Fine Gael and his appointment as Taoiseach.

President Trump invited the Taoiseach to attend the annual St Patrick's Day events in Washington next March and both leaders looked forward to meeting in person then.

They agreed to continue strong co-operation between Ireland and the US on economic issues, shared culture, and family ties.

Particular topics discussed included migration, Brexit and the movement of goods and citizens across the border, climate change, free trade, Irish inward investment in the US, and the undocumented Irish. They also discussed the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

An Taoiseach also held a call with the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, this afternoon in which they discussed the ongoing efforts to restore the Executive in Northern Ireland ahead of Thursday's deadline, and the supply and confidence agreement between the Conservative Party and the DUP.