21 May 2008 First Minister and deputy First Minister Welcome Presidential Visit
First Minister Ian Paisley and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness welcome the visit of President Bush to Belfast in June.
Dr Paisley said: "I would wish to warmly welcome the news of the forthcoming Presidential visit here in June which once again underlines the close relationship between our two countries.
"The support that the Bush administration has provided has been much appreciated and we were particularly grateful for the President's personal endorsement of the recent US investment conference which certainly contributed to the success of that event."
Mr McGuinness said: "I would like to also welcome news of this visit. Over recent years the United States has played a major part in the political process. Their encouragement and help contributed to the historic events of last May.
"The President's visit will serve to maintain the ongoing relationships between ourselves and the highest levels of the US political establishment as we seek to further develop links in the months and years ahead."