[Sinn Fein]

3 September 1998

Adams holds meeting with Clinton and Blair

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP this afternoon met President Bill Clinton for a private discussion. Afterwards Mr. Adams and President Clinton held talks with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The meetings took place at the Springvale site.

Speaking afterwards Mr. Adams said:

``I was pleased to welcome President Clinton and the First Lady to West Belfast.

``Today was a good day for the peace process and for the people of Ireland.

``Like the first visit of President Clinton in 1995 Sinn Fein saw this visit as an opportunity to inject new momentum and progress into a peace process in difficulty because of the unionist refusal to talk to Sinn Fein.

``I took the opportunity to express my appreciation to him for his commitment to the search for peace in Ireland. We discussed a range of matters including the need to move quickly and urgently to the next step in the peace process, the establishment of the Executive, the setting up of the policy and implementation bodies and the all-Ireland Ministerial Council.

``These matters were also raised in my discussions with Mr. Blair.''

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