Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is visiting Washington DC today and tomorrow for a series of meetings, with Brexit likely to dominate the agenda.

Today, Mr Coveney visited the White House for a meeting with US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien.

He will also hold talks with Deputy US Secretary of State Stephen Biegun at the US State Department.

Mr Coveney will address a number of virtual events on topics such as Ireland's upcoming membership of the UN Security Council and the 175th anniversary of the visit to Ireland by anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass.

Tomorrow, Mr Coveney will travel to Capitol Hill where he will meet senior members of the US Congress, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Richard Neal.

Earlier this month, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visited Washington and was warned by Ms Pelosi and other senior Democrats that there will be no US-UK trade deal if Brexit threatens the Northern Ireland peace process.

Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden has said that the Good Friday Agreement cannot be allowed to become a casualty of Brexit.

"Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period." Mr Biden tweeted.

Before leaving Dublin, Mr Coveney met the US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, Mick Mulvaney, who is making his first visit to Ireland as envoy.