US senator Gary Hart is on his first visit as the envoy to the new inter-party talks
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Inter-party talks: US envoy Gary Hart begins meetings in Northern Ireland

Former US senator Gary Hart has begun meetings with Northern Ireland politicians.

Mr Hart is on his first visit since being appointed US envoy to inter-party talks.

The Northern Ireland parties are trying to resolve outstanding issues, including budgets, welfare reform, and the legacy of the Troubles.

BBC News NI's Chris Page reports.