DUBLIN: The Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz is due to meet with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin later today.
The Chancellor’s visit coincides with the start of Austria’s six-month presidency of the European Council.
The two leaders will discuss bilateral relations along with Brexit, international trade and migration, as well as the priorities for the Austrian presidency.
The meeting will be followed by a dinner in honour of the Chancellor, hosted by the Taoiseach, at Dublin Castle.
Tomorrow, Mr Kurz will visit the border, accompanied by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed.
Speaking in advance of the visit, the Taoiseach said: “Chancellor Kurz is a strong supporter of Ireland and our priorities in the Brexit negotiations. Earlier this year I visited him in Vienna and I’m looking forward to welcoming him back to Dublin today.”
Mr Kurz who leads the centre right People’s Party in Austria has outlined three priorities for his country’s presidency of the EU.
They include focusing on external borders, strengthening security and fighting against illegal migration.