The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that he values the strength of the US-Ireland relationship.

He tweeted the remarks following a weekend phone call with the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.

According to a statement issued by the US State Department, they reaffirmed the strong bilateral relationship and extraordinary people-to-people ties between the United States and Ireland. 

They discussed Ireland's role on the UN Security Council and as a Transatlantic partner as well as shared challenges and priorities, including Covid-19, climate change, Iran, and countering malign influences.

The phone call, which took place on Saturday, was described as a very positive, warm discussion.

Secretary Blinken and Minister Coveney noted that Covid-19 restrictions meant that the traditional St Patrick's Day visit to the US could not be in-person this year and both expressed a desire to visit when the pandemic allows.

On Friday, it was confirmed that the Taoiseach Micheál Martin would not be travelling to Washington to meet with US President Joe Biden at the White House next month. 

Instead, the event will take place virtually, with officials in Ireland and the US currently working out how best to mark the day.