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May and Clinton discuss Stormont crisis

Bill Clinton leaves Downing Street after talks with Theresa May. Picture by Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

FORMER US President Bill Clinton yesterday discussed the continuing political deadlock at Stormont with prime minister Theresa May.

The meeting in Downing Street followed private discussions earlier this week between Mr Clinton and the north's main party leaders in Belfast.

As president, Mr Clinton played a key role in helping to secure the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which led to power-sharing at Stormont.

The British government, however, has made clear that he was not used to deliver a message on its behalf to the parties.

As he left after almost an hour in No 10, Mr Clinton told reporters: "We had a wonderful talk."

Asked by reporters about the prospects for Brexit, the former president said: "We didn't talk much about that. I don't have much of a portfolio here."

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