White House says it is “worried” about violence in Northern Ireland

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Washington | The White House on Thursday expressed concern over the unrest in Northern Ireland in recent days, and called for calm.

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“We are worried about the violence in Northern Ireland,” said US executive spokeswoman Jen Psaki, adding that Washington was joining calls for “calm”, launched in particular by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Micheal Martin.

Fire has been smoldering in Northern Ireland since the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, the consequences of which are creating a feeling of betrayal among Unionists attached to the British crown.

These tensions culminated in a week of riots resulting in projectiles being thrown and vehicles set on fire, mainly in loyalist areas with a Protestant majority, leaving more than 50 injured in the police.

Joe Biden, who claims his Irish origins, had deemed “absolutely essential” to maintain the Good Friday agreement, which in 1998 ended the conflict between Unionists and Republicans, during a meeting with the Irish Prime Minister at the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.