US government urges restoration of power-sharing
THE US government has urged the establishment of a power-sharing Executive in the north.
The US said it regretted that the political parties in Northern Ireland had so far failed to reach agreement to restore regional government following elections in March.
State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US urged the DUP and Sinn Féin to continue their discussions "with the aim of forming an effective, responsive, and representative government as soon as possible".
"All of Northern Ireland's political leaders share a collective responsibility to build on the political and economic progress made since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and to construct a better, shared future for all of Northern Ireland's citizens," she said.
"The United States will continue to work with all parties in Northern Ireland as well as the UK and Irish governments to help facilitate the restoration of Northern Ireland's regional government."