LONDON

Northern Ireland’s biggest two parties agreed Friday on a deal to form the country’s new devolved government, after the collapse of the last one three years ago. 

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Fein both said a deal offered jointly by the governments of the U.K. and Ireland was agreeable and constitutes a basis for forming a new executive.

Speaking Thursday night in front of the Stormont building, Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith urged “all parties to come here tomorrow and serve the people of Northern Ireland.”

After three years of talks, he said, “finally there is

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