The Right Honourable Jeremy Corbyn, MP, spent the morning of his first official visit to Northern Ireland at Queen's, where he addressed a packed Whitla Hall on the legacy of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement.
Mr Corbyn stated: "Twenty years ago this week, the people of both Northern Ireland and of the Republic of Ireland voted in a referendum to accept the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. That vote changed the course of history on this island and represented the clearing of the final hurdle of a long and difficult process that opened the door to two decades of sustained peace."
Urging local political leaders to collaborate to get the Northern Ireland Assebly back up and running, Mr Corbyn added: "You see, I have always believed that to bring about real change, to end conflict, to bring communities together, you have to talk to people with whom you don’t agree. In 1998 we were fortunate to have leaders who were prepared to put that principle into practice."
During the visit Mr Corbyn met local political leaders, senior representatives of the University, and a range of students and members of the community.
Pictured, left to right are: Mr Tony Lloyd MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; Professor James McElnay, Acting President and Vice-Chancellor; Rt Hon Mr Jeremy Corbyn; Mrs Wendy Galbraith, Acting Registrar and Chief Operating Officer; and Professor Richard English, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement at Queen's University Belfast.
Watch the video of Mr Corbyn's address here.
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