December 13, 2019 / 7:20 PM / a month ago

UK's Johnson and Varadkar vow to help restore N.Irish government

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement at Downing Street after winning the general election, in London, Britain, December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ireland’s Leo Varadkar vowed to work together to restore the power sharing government in Northern Ireland on Friday.

In a phone call, Johnson’s office said the prime minister had told Varadkar that his minister for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith, would dedicate himself to a talks process to ensure the devolved institutions were restored.

Johnson is expected to change some members of his Cabinet after winning a resounding victory in the election, but his statement indicated that Smith would remain in position. In a separate statement Varadkar pledged to work with the Northern Irish parties.

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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