Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said the US have a key role to play in helping to achieve a resolution to the ongoing difficulties facing the political process.
“I held a positive discussion with Senator Hart today as part of the ongoing engagement of the US administration with the political process.
“Throughout the peace process, successive US administrations have played key roles in helping bring our society forward.
“They have done so without fear or favour, they have been supportive of all parties and you only have to think of the huge contribution made by people like George Mitchell to realise what a friend the US has been to our peace process.
“I’m delighted that Gary Hart is involved once again and I think all parties should support him being afforded a significant role in the current talks as a recognition of the important influence and support which the US can bring to the table.”