THE Russian and Japanese ambassadors have visited Northern Ireland to discuss arrangements for this summer’s G8 summit in Enniskillen, it has emerged.
Russian ambassador Alexander Yakovenko visited Belfast last week for a rare trip to Northern Ireland by the Russian government’s representative to the UK.
The ambassador is understood to have arrived in the Province on Friday and returned on Saturday.
It is believed that he was due to meet with First Minister Peter Robinson but the weather curtailed his trip.
The Russian embassy in London confirmed that the ambassador had visited both Belfast and the Lough Erne resort, where the G8 will be held in June.
A spokesman for the embassy said that the trip had involved discussions about “the economy, mutual investments and security matters in connection with the G8”.
Dr Yakovenko also met with Belfast Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson and officials from Invest NI during the trip.
A spokesman for Invest NI said that they had given the Russian delegation “a presentation on inward investment and trade propositions”.
Earlier last week the Japanese ambassador, Keiichi Hayashi, led a delegation to Northern Ireland for a two-day trip to discuss trade, inward investment and tourism links.
Invest NI chief executive, Alastair Hamilton, said that it was an opportunity to “strengthen business links between our two regions”.
He added: “The G8 summit which will be held in Fermanagh later this year will allow us an opportunity to further develop such international relationships.”
The staging of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland will see the leaders of the world’s eight richest countries travel to Fermanagh to discuss economic protectionism, action against tax avoidance and promoting greater transparency in governments.