Mr Wara visited The Prince’s Trust center in the city to find out more about the charity’s work with disadvantaged young people developing skills and employability.

Earlier on Friday, the Secretary of State met with staff at Erskine House, the headquarters of the Northern Ireland Office in the city centre.

Speaking afterwards, the Secretary of State said:

“It was fantastic to visit the Prince’s Trust on my first visit to Northern Ireland as Secretary of State today and learn more about how the charity supports young people by developing the confidence and skills they need to succeed through education, training and employment.

“As we build a more just, equal and tolerant society in Northern Ireland, the Government remains committed to increasing respect, understanding and reconciliation between communities in Northern Ireland and helping to create a better environment for future generations.”

Lord Caledon, chairman of the Prince’s Foundation for Northern Ireland, said:

“We were delighted to welcome the Secretary of State to our headquarters in Belfast on his first day in Northern Ireland. The Prince’s Trust does valuable work with our young people and it was fantastic for the Secretary of State to hear about their experiences and the impact The Trust has had on them.”

Mr Vara added:

“I was also delighted to meet civil servants at the department’s new headquarters in the city center to ensure that the Northern Ireland Office is more accessible to the wider public than ever. Our new center is part of our mission to make Northern Ireland a better place to live, work and invest.

“I look forward to meeting more people from across Northern Ireland in the coming days and weeks.”

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