The Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan TD met with deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle in Belfast this afternoon to discuss the current political situation.
Martin McGuinness was accompanied at the meeting by Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilin MLA and North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly.
Following the meeting Martin McGuinness said:
"Today's meeting with Minister Flanagan was both useful and positive.
"During the course of the meeting I made the case that the minds of the Irish and British Governments and the US Administration need to be focussed on the political way forward in the North of Ireland.
"This means talks involving all the political parties here.
"I made clear to the Minister for Foreign Affairs that the parties who are part of these institutions need to recognise that any approach which is about merely satisfying the demands of the combined unionist and loyalist parties and the Orange Order will not work and is a mistake.
"What is needed is an approach in which there is meaningful dialogue at both political level and at a local level and where all the political parties work together, supported by the Governments, to find agreement"