A spokesperson for US President Joe Biden has said that he has been unequivocal in his support for the Good Friday Agreement and that this remains the case.

The White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked a question about plans for a US-UK trade deal and about yesterday's move by the British government to unilaterally change how the Northern Ireland Protocol is implemented.

It also comes after loyalist paramilitary organisations said they were temporarily withdrawing support for the Good Friday Agreement.

Asked about President Biden's previous statement that a trade deal must be contingent on respect for the agreement, Ms Paski said that certainly remains the case.

"This agreement has been the bedrock of peace, stability and prosperity for all the people of Northern Ireland.

"We also welcome cooperation between our British and Irish partners on the Northern Irish Protocol and the recent strong statements on these governments' full commitment to the Good Friday Agreement," she added.

Ms Psaki was also asked about plans for the upcoming St Patrick's Day celebrations at the White House.

"The president has a special place in his heart for the Irish, as do I, and I expect certainly that we will have more details to share soon.

"Of course, any recognition of St Patrick’s Day would look different from past years but we will certainly mark the day and will have more to say on it as we get closer," she said.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will meet virtually with President Biden later this month.

Officials in Dublin and Washington are finalising the programme of events.