'Cement' the peace with jobs, Mairtin O Muilleoir urges the US
Northern Ireland's finance minister has urged the United States to "cement" the peace with jobs.
Mairtin O Muilleoir is in San Francisco and New York to encourage American firms to invest in the region.
As well as addressing business and Irish American audiences in California, the Sinn Fein MLA will meet public finance and government figures to highlight progress since the signing of last year's Fresh Start Agreement.
Mr O Muilleoir said: "We enjoy a unique and strong relationship with the United States.
"I will urge Irish America to initiate its own fresh start in transatlantic relations in order to cement the peace with jobs and investment.
"Irish American support has been key to the success of the peace process but now is the perfect time to move our famed partnership up a gear.
"With just 6.6 million people on the island of Ireland, but 40 million in the Irish and Scots-Irish diaspora in the US, the power of our global family remains our ace card."
Last week First Minister Arlene Foster sparked controversy when she accused Irish government officials of poaching foreign investment and talking down the Northern Ireland economy.
She made the claim at the DUP annual conference in Belfast on Saturday.
Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan expressed concern at the remarks and raised the issue with the Stormont's Economy Minister Simon Hamilton.