Boris Johnson has arrived in Northern Ireland for his first time as prime minister, promising to do “everything in my power” to help efforts to restore the power-sharing government.
On Tuesday night, Mr Johnson held a private meeting with DUP leader Arlene Foster, whose party he relies on for support in key votes in Parliament.
The PM will meet the five main Stormont parties for more talks on Wednesday.
Brexit is also certain to be on the agenda for the day’s talks.
The issue over what will happen at the land border on the island of Ireland after Brexit – and the proposed Irish backstop – has caused deep divisions between the parties at Stormont.
Mr Johnson’s trip is the last in his three-day tour around the UK’s devolved nations,