British, Irish govts agree to June meeting on Northern Ireland


FILE PHOTO: Irish and European Union flags are pictured outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

DUBLIN (Reuters) - British and Irish government ministers are to meet for a formal summit on Northern Ireland in June in the first British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference in two years, a spokesman for the Irish government said on Wednesday.

The decision was made at a meeting on Wednesday between Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney and Britain's minister for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis in Dublin, where they discussed disagreements over Britain's EU exit deal.

The British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference was created as part of Northern Ireland's 1998 peace deal.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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