11 Oct 2022 - 09:32:58
|US official meets Stormont parties over NI Protocol
A US government official who warned the prime minister not to act unilaterally over the NI Protocol met Stormont political parties on Monday.
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Derek Chollet, counsellor with the US Department of State, first met Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris.
Mr Chollet said the meetings were "useful and productive".
Talks between the UK and EU have restarted, but progress could take months rather than weeks.
Speaking after the meetings, Mr Chollet said: "Northern Ireland's political, economic, and social progress over the past two-and-a-half decades is a result of the courage of the region's decision-makers and its citizens.
"I left in no doubt that its political leaders have the capacity and will to find agreed solutions to their political challenges.
"As a friend and partner, the United States will continue to underscore the importance of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and support all who seek to fulfil Northern Ireland's great potential".
He also passed on his condolences to Mr Heaton-Harris on the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
After meeting Mr Chollet, Mr Heaton-Harris said the United States and the UK shared a commitment to peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland and to upholding the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement".