House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi heads US delegation on this week's visit to the north and Dublin
THE speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi will visit the north this week as she leads a Congressional delegation on a visit to Ireland.
The veteran congresswoman's office said she will meet "senior government officials and local leaders" with discussions focusing on Brexit and other matters.
Democratic congressmen and leading Irish-Americans Richard Neal and Brendan Boyle will be part of the delegation, whose timetable also includes visits to Stuttgart, London and Dublin.
Ms Pelosi will meet President Michael D Higgins on Wednesday and is also due to make a speech in the Dáil to commemorate its 100th anniversary.
"We will meet with senior government officials and local leaders to learn more about the future of the UK and Ireland amid Brexit and to express America’s enduring commitment to a peaceful and prosperous future for all who live there," the statement from her office said.
"The United Kingdom and Ireland each have a deep and special bond with the United States."
She said the delegation was travelling at a "critical moment for two of our closest allies".
"We look forward to high-level discussions about the path forward on our shared security and economic interests,” the statement said.
Ms Pelosi, who is regarded as liberal and left-leaning, was first elected speaker of the House of Representatives in 2006 and is the first woman to hold the office.