Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has said he wants to see an agreement on the protocol by the end of February.
Mr Coveney said he did not want the Northern Ireland assembly election in May to be dominated by the issue of “polarisation”.
Speaking on Friday, Mr Coveney said the meeting marked a “reset” in relations between the EU and UK teams, which are now “in a better place than what we have seen for a while”.
Elections in the North are often polarizing enough matters without the added complexity and tension surrounding the protocol and its implementation.
He said: “From my conversations with both sides, I think this process will be very serious.
“I think in the minds of the people, in fact, if possible, we would like these issues to be resolved by the end of February, so that the elections in Northern Ireland can proceed without being dominated by issues of protocol, the correct way of voting.” Day.
“Elections in the North are often polarizing matters enough without the added complexity and tension surrounding the protocol and its implementation.
“So I think everyone is aware of their responsibility in terms of trying to bring some stability and certainty to Northern Ireland in terms of Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol.”
Ms Truss said a “deal has to be made” after her meeting with Mr Sefkovic.
However, he refused to rule out the possibility that the UK could invoke Article 16 – suspending part of the arrangements in the protocol – if they cannot agree to a further one.
Mr Coveney insisted that protocol is here to stay, and he did not expect Britain to remove the Article 16 threat until a deal was agreed.
He told RTE Radio One: “The protocol is there. It’s part of an international treaty, it’s part of international law.
“And so really the focus on the EU side is how do we implement this protocol in a way that is practical and flexible, and takes on board the real concerns raised in Northern Ireland?
“I think if both sides work on that basis, there’s a landing zone that can be agreed upon in the next six or eight weeks.
“As the Irish government approaches, we will work to try to assist with that process.”
Mr Coveney said he did not expect the UK government to follow through on its threat to invoke Article 16.
He continued: “I don’t expect anything like the use of Article 16 until there is an agreement from the UK side. That’s just the nature of the negotiations.”
“But I must say, I think that the consequences of the triggering of Article 16, in a way that separates larger elements of the Protocol, would be extremely damaging to the relationship we now seek to resolve these issues through dialogue. Trying to… and good politics.”
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But Mr Coveney said those issues could not distract from the task of settling the dispute around the protocol.
“Who knows what will happen in British politics in the coming weeks,” he said.
“But my focus and the attention of our employees are on solving problems that have been around for a very long time.
“And to allow Northern Ireland to certainly move on from this ongoing debate around the implementation of the Protocol, which, as you know, has polarized opinion and tension in Northern Ireland.
“I think that’s why Liz Truss is there. I think it’s a good thing that Brexit issues and protocol issues are back at the Foreign Office in London, rather than as a separate entity led by Lord Frost.
“There are big issues at the moment that the UK and the EU should be working on together and I think Liz Truss sees that.”