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David Cameron: 'We must work together as friends towards reconciliation in the North'

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent at Number 10 Downing Street

Published 09/04/2014 | 15:05

Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted that Ireland and Britain must continue their "work of reconciliation" regarding the North.

Mr Cameron today welcomed President Michael D Higgins to residence at Number 10 Downing Street, adding that both countries have become "deep friends".

Mr Higgins told the Prime Minister that the relationship between Ireland and Britain is evident in our strong trade and economic links.

Both politicians referred to the issue of the Peace Process and the continued effort regarding the resolving of issues in the North.

Speaking publicly for the first time during Mr Higgins's State visit to the UK, Mr Cameron said Anglo-Irish relations are now on a "ever increasing gradient".

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"I am really excited by the things that we are now doing together, two countries and two governments. I am excited by some of the new projects that we are talking about," Mr Cameron said.

"But we must, as you said last night and Her Majesty said last night, keep on with the work of reconciliation, including in Northern Ireland. It is wonderful the visit that you are making, it builds on Her Majesty's excellent and remarkable visit of three years ago," he added.

Mr Higgins said that he believes that the short distance between Ireland and Britain has "sometimes stopped us from seeing the richness in each other".

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He added: "But I hope that the visit will enable great opportunities for the deepening of the peace process that we have, that requires our continuing vigilance. As head of state I am so pleased to say thank you as well for the incredible reception that I have received.

"I had an opportunity of expressing to Her Majesty last night my gratitude for the reception for the Irish community in anticipation of my visit. I am so pleased to be here, Prime Minister and I wish you well  as I wish the head of the Irish government wellin your co-operation advancing on these issues."

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Prime Minster David Cameron welcomes the President of the Republic of Ireland Michael D Higgins to Downing Street. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Prime Minster David Cameron welcomes the President of the Republic of Ireland Michael D Higgins to Downing Street. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina Higgins. Photo: Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Prince Andrew, Duke of York shows the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina Higgins, and David Rankin-Hunt, Deputy Inspector, Regimental Colours for the Royal Collection (right) the Colours of the Disbanded Irish Regiments in the Grand Stairs at Windsor Castle. Photo: Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images
The Colours of the Disbanded Irish Regiments in the Grand Stairs at Windsor Castle. Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Prince Andrew, Duke of York shows the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, accompanied by his wife Sabina Higgins in Windsor Castle. Photo: Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Prince Andrew, Duke of York shows the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins (right), accompanied by his wife Sabina Higgins, the Colours of the Disbanded Irish Regiments in the Grand Stairs at Windsor Castle. Photo: Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Prince Andrew, Duke of York shows the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins (centre), accompanied by his wife Sabina Higgins and David Rankin-Hunt, Deputy Inspector, Regimental Colours for the Royal Collection (left) the Colours of the Disbanded Irish Regiments in the Grand Stairs at Windsor Castle. Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images
President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina Coyne (L), Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2nd R) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, (R) pose for a photograph ahead of a state banquet in Windsor, England April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Dan Kitwood/Pool
President Higgins speaking at the State Banquet hosted by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Hall, Windsor Castle. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014
The State Banquet hosted by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Hall, Windsor Castle on the first official day of the Presidents State Visit to the United Kingdom. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins speaking at the State Banquet hosted by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Hall, Windsor Castle on the first official day of the Presidents State Visit to the United Kingdom. Photo: Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014
Actress Dame Judi Dench (C) attends a state banquet in honour of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins in Windsor, England April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Dan Kitwood/Pool
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman attend a State Banquet in honour of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins on April 8, 2014 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cornwall (2nd left) attend a State Banquet in honour of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins (3rd left) at Windsor Castle during the first State visit to the UK by an Irish President. Dan Kitwood/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II toasts after her speech during a State Banquet in honour of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins (8th left) at Windsor Castle during the first State visit to the UK by an Irish President. Dan Kitwood/PA Wire
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis attends a state banquet in honour of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins in Windsor, England April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Dan Kitwood/Pool
Martin McGuinness, the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland attends a state banquet in honour of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins in Windsor, England April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Dan Kitwood/Pool
Queen Elizabeth II attends a State Banquet in honour of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins on April 8, 2014 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II delivers a speech during a State Banquet in honour of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins on April 8, 2014 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Former Prime Minister John Major attends a State Banquet in honour of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins on April 8, 2014 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Martin McGuinness, the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland (R) attends a State Banquet in honour of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins on April 8, 2014 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband (R) greets the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins ahead of a State Banquet on April 8, 2014 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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