THE US SENATE has officially voiced its support for the Good Friday Agreement this week.
Congress' upper chamber brought the bipartisan motion forward on March 16 on the eve of the St Patrick's Day virtual meeting between Taoiseach Micheál Martin and US President Joe Biden.
It calls for support for the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, as well as subsequent agreements including the Stormont House Agreement and Northern Ireland Protocol in the wake of Brexit.
"The Senate just passed my resolution to reaffirm our unwavering support for the Good Friday Agreement and its full implementation," said Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, who brought the motion forward.
"Very proud to have the Congress speak with one voice in support of accountability, reconciliation and prosperity in Ireland."
The Irish Ambassador to the US, Daniel Mulhall, has welcomed the passage of the motion.
"Thank you Senator Menendez for piloting this resolution through the Senate. Congressional support for peace in Ireland continues to be vitally important and deeply appreciated," he tweeted.
Thank you @SenatorMenendez for piloting this resolution through the Senate. Congressional support for peace in Ireland continues to be vitally important and deeply appreciated. https://t.co/IJK4e9mRdh
— Daniel Mulhall (@DanMulhall) May 18, 2021
He also praised Mr Menedez for "piloting the resolution" through the Senate.
"Congressional support for peace in Ireland continues to be vitally important and deeply appreciated," Daniel Mulhall said.
Back in March, President Biden pledged America's "unequivocal support" for the Good Friday Agreement, and reaffirmed that pledge while on a call with the Taoiseach on St Patrick's Day.
"[The Good Friday Agreement] has been the bedrock of peace, stability and prosperity for all the people of Northern Ireland," Biden said through his White House press secretary.
"We also welcome cooperation between our British and Irish partners on the Northern Irish protocol and the recent strong statement on these governments' full commitment to the Good Friday Agreement."