Durkan meets with Blair at Downing Street

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Mark Durkan has met with the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, at Downing Street.

It is the first time Mr Durkan has met Mr Blair since he was elected as Deputy First Minister at the start of this month.

Speaking after his meeting Mr Durkan said the talks had been “comprehensive in scope and tone.”

Mr Blair is expected to travel to Dublin later this week for a meeting of the British-Irish Council set up under the Good Friday Agreement.

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said the meeting would include representatives of the two nations and others from Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey. Northern Ireland Secretary John Reid will also join the representatives at the summit, which will focus on the issue of drug abuse.

The British-Irish Council was set up under the 1998 peace accord to provide a forum for members to exchange information and co-operate on matters concerning the various political institutions and the people they represent. (AMcE)

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