world : Palestine protest sees US envoy change meeting plan

world : Palestine protest sees US envoy change meeting plan
world : Palestine protest sees US envoy change meeting plan

Wednesday 12 June 2024 10:50 PM

Nafeza 2 world - "[The] decision was taken by Joe Kennedy's team that it was probably wise not to disrupt our meeting in any way and our meeting with him didn't take place," Mr Kelly said.

"So, frustrating on one level - there’s an opportunity here to get the delivery of Ulster University at Magee pushed on and we didn’t have the full chance to have that full conversation but he had a briefing about the work that we’re doing and he’s keen to pick up that conversation again."

Mr Kelly said he accepted people’s right to protest and the protesters were welcome to be there.

Mr Kennedy is the grandnephew of former US President John F Kennedy. He is currently the US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland for Economic Affairs.

In a statement on X, Mr Kennedy said it had been "great to engage" with Ulster University to learn more about their ambitions for expansion.

The US Department of State described his meeting with university officials in Derry as "constructive".

“Discussions focussed around the expansion of the campus and the genuine economic benefit this will bring to all communities in the city and wider region," a spokesperson said.

Ulster University has been approached for comment.

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