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Encyclopedia > Foreign relations of the Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is involved in a number of outstanding international disputes. Historically the state has been involved in a dispute with the United Kingdom (UK) over the status of Northern Ireland. However both nations concluded the Belfast Agreement on the issue in 1998 and now co-operate closely to find a solution to the regions problems.

The Republic of Ireland is also a party to the Rockall continental shelf dispute that also involves Denmark, Iceland, and the UK. The Republic and the UK have signed a boundary agreement in the Rockall area.

The Republic is transshipment point for, and consumer of, hashish from North Africa to the UK and Netherlands, and of European-produced synthetic recreational drugs. The Republic is also a minor transshipment point for heroin and cocaine destined for Western Europe.

See also: Foreign relations of the United Kingdom.

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