James Brokenshire met with the Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan at Parliament buildings on Thursday morning.
The secretary of state has said that an election is ‘highly probable’ and ‘inevitable’, if there is no change in the current political situation.
Earlier James Brokenshire described the DUP Communities Minister Paul Givan's decision to reinstate funding for an Irish language programme as "helpful", but repeated that an election was still on the cards.
Mr Brokenshire described the U-turn as "helpful" but said an Assembly election was a "high probability".
"The reality remains, the high probability remains, that we are heading towards an election.