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[英伦广角] 2014-04-12 爱尔兰总统迈克尔·希金斯对英国进行历史性访问

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[Homework]2014-04-12 爱尔兰总统迈克尔·希金斯对英国进行历史性访问
Getting to know the neighbors
Three years ago the queen became the first British monarch to visit Ireland since it gained its independence. Michael D Higgins who’s met her informally would be the first Irish president to receive a state welcome.
  “It’s becoming a model relationship between two neighboring countries. We are very close, respectful neighbors. And I think the relationship that we are building and working on is one I think that, given our very complex history, is one that many people throughout the world will be able to draw some inspiration from.”
  The royal tour built bridges. Her Majesty spoke in Irish and commemorated those who had fought for freedom.
  “The queen's respectful tribute here in Ireland’s Garden of Remembrance was hugely symbolic and it will be reciprocated when President Higgins unearth Britain’s war dead at the Tomb of Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.
  He addressed a state banquet at Windsor castle where Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness is on the guest list. The former IRA chief, nine Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, shook the queen's hand once before.
Professor Deirdre Heenan, who serves on the president's Council of State, said Anglo-Irish relationship has been transformed.
“It's about promoting good relations but it's also about saying to the world that we're actually more interested in our commonality, our common love of culture, politics and our common economic interests rather than the focus which would generally have been what divides us.”
It's no routine flight for the head of the state. He is not just crossing the sea, he is crossing a historic divide.
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