First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D. Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA, have met with President Obama in The White House.
Speaking after the meeting in the Oval Office the First Minister said: "We greatly appreciate the audience we've had with President Obama today. He reaffirmed his support and ongoing commitment and that of his administration to the development of the Northern Ireland economy. He was keen to hear of progress since the devolution of policing and justice powers. We thanked him for his continued support and pressed on him the importance of inward investment as we strive to deliver a stable society, bolstered by economic growth."
Mr McGuinness said: "As we come to the end of the first full uninterrupted Assembly term we outlined to the President the progress we have made, the challenges we face and our commitment that we would continue to move forward. It would be a tremendous boost if he was able to pay an official visit before the end of this term. Such a visit would further cement the great relationship we've enjoyed with successive US administrations during recent years."