President Barack Obama met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny today and even sang along to ‘Wild Rover’ ahead of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
It was all smiles in the White House Oval office as Obama welcomed Kenny and lauded the “incredible bond” between the two countries. “I think it’s fair to say that there are very few countries around the world where the people-to-people ties are so strong,” Obama said.
The president praised Ireland’s economic progress following the financial crisis and said the two leaders discussed the Ukraine crisis.
Obama also said he was disappointed that talks between the leaders of Northern Ireland‘s Catholic and Protestant communities broke down on Dec. 31 without agreement to ease tensions in the British province.
“I was disappointed, the US government was disappointed that the all-party talks could not arrive at a final conclusion and agreement, but we are urging the parties to continue to work and negotiate,” he said.