Irish-American leaders have vowed to strengthen their bonds with Belfast post-Brexit.
Senior New York politicians spoke on a visit to Belfast ahead of next month's Belfast International Homecoming conference.
Assemblyman Mike Cusick, president of the American Irish Legislators Society of the New York State Legislature, said it wanted to ensure "the bridges of commerce, community and culture are strengthened, regardless of the threat of Brexit or ongoing political difficulties".
The sixth Belfast International Homecoming will take place from October 16-18. The annual business and investment conference is supported by Ulster Bank, Belfast Harbour and Hastings Hotels, along with Belfast City Council and Tourism NI.
Representatives of the UK and Irish Governments will also attend.