Donald Trump's US Government urges Northern Ireland parties to restore government
The US Government has urged the Northern Ireland parties to use the pause in the talks to get government back up and running as soon as possible.
It comes after Secretary of State James Brokenshire announced a pause in talks to allow for the June 8 General Election.
In a statement, the US Department of State said: "The pause in talks to form a government in Northern Ireland allows time for planning a constructive, cooperative way forward. The United States urges all political parties in the region to establish a power-sharing government soon after talks resume in June.
"The people of Northern Ireland deserve a representative, effective and responsive devolved government. It is vital to build on the political and economic progress made since the Good Friday Agreement, as well as to build a better, shared future for the region’s citizens.
"We appreciate the UK and Irish government’s ongoing engagement and continue to offer our strong support for peace, reconciliation, and prosperity in Northern Ireland."