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British diplomats are expecting US President Joe Biden’s first state visit to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement next year.
King would host Mr Biden during a possible European trip to celebrate the 1998 peace deal that helped end 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland.
Mr Biden, vocally proud of his roots in Ireland and the US role in brokering the deal, is likely to be keen to visit the island for the anniversary.
Diplomatic sources said it would be an ideal time to invite Mr. Biden for a state visit.
However, concerns have been raised about the level of celebrations, with the Stormont executive currently in meltdown due to a boycott by the DUP.
The UK government remained optimistic that power-sharing could be back up and running by the anniversary.
Liz Truss met the president at the United Nations summit in New York on Wednesday.
But she was not granted the White House visit that Boris Johnson visited last year, with officials blaming the short timetable for the prime minister’s trip.
Mr Biden met the Queen at Windsor Castle after visiting Cornwall for the G7 summit in June last year, but it wasn’t all the pomp and ceremony of a state visit.
His predecessor Donald Trump made a state visit in 2019.
At their meeting, Ms Truss sought to reassure Mr Biden of her plan for the Brexit protocol after US officials raised concerns about potential risks to the Good Friday deal.
The preparation for the meeting was chilling.
Mr Biden and Ms Truss met after the president sent a tweet just as the prime minister was debating her economic policies, saying he was “sick and tired of the down economy”.
“It never worked,” he said in what was seen as a rejection of the prime minister.
Her official spokesman then said it was “ridiculous” to suggest Mr Biden was criticizing UK policy, saying every country faced different economic problems.
The White House also raised the importance that protocol will play in talks with Mr. Biden ahead of the meeting.
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan made it clear that Mr Biden would discuss the matter “in detail” with Mrs Truss.
But the tone after the meeting was very different, the row over the protocol was played down – it seemed to drop from the top of the agenda to the bottom.
According to Downing Street, the two leaders had only a “very brief discussion” about the protocol during the 75-minute meeting.
The prime minister’s official spokesman said Ukraine “dominated” the wide-ranging conversation, with the meeting “running past” the scheduled hour.
He said the pair last spoke about the protocol after one of the president’s team brought it up, and said Mr. Biden did not seek reassurance.
A spokesman characterized the tone of the meeting as “warm” and that it was not about a UK-US trade deal.
The two agreed that peace must be protected and maintained when the pair met at the UN General Assembly, a Downing Street spokesman said.
He added: “On the Northern Ireland protocol, both the Prime Minister and President Biden agreed that the priority must be to protect the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and preserve the peace gains in Northern Ireland.