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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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Getting to know at neighbors. Three years ago, the Queen became the first British monarch to visit Ireland since it gained independence. Michael D Higgins who has met her informally will be the first Irish president to receive a state welcome.

It is becoming a model relationship between two neighbouring countries. We are very close, respectful neighbours. And I think the relationship that we are building and working on is one I think that, given our very complex history, is one I think 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 rememberance was hugely symbolic. And it will be reciprocated when President Higgins honors Britain's war dead at the tomb of the unknown warrior in Westminster Abbey.


He'll address a state banquet at Windsor Castle where Sinn Fein's (新芬党)Martin McGuinness is on the guest list, the former IRA chief, now Northern Ireland's deputy first minister, shook the Queen's hand once before. Professor D H who serves on the president's Counselor of State says Anglo-Irish relations have been transformed.


It's about promoting good relations, but it's also about saying to the world that we are actually more interested in our commonality, our common love of culture, politics and our common economic interests, rather than the focus which will generally have been what divides us.

It's no routine flight for the head of the state. He's not just crossing the sea, he's crossing a historic divide.


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