McGuinness welcomes appointment of Gary Hart
Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has welcomed the appointment of former senator Gary Hart as US envoy to the current talks.
Speaking following the appointment, Mr McGuinness said;
"I welcome the appointment of former senator Gary as the United States' envoy to the current round of negotiations.
"The United States has played a key role in supporting the peace process an political process in the North over the years.
"We have also benefitted from US foreign and direct investment in that time.
"This appointment is a positive indication of the US administration's continuing interest in the development of the political process.
"It sends out a clear message to everyone that we need to be involved in a proactive and constructive way if we are to have a credible process."