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First Minister on trade trip to America

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The First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones will today fly to America visiting Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York.

He'll spend St David's Day on Capitol Hill meeting the Friends of Wales Caucus, a group of Congressmen who promote Wales in Washington.

From the Welsh settlers who moved to America to build new lives to the companies who now recognise Wales as a fantastic place to do business - we’re proud to have such a strong relationship with the United States.

There are 270 US owned companies in Wales and the value of Welsh exports to the USA in 2013 was over £3billion, that’s a 400% increase since 1999.

The USA continues to be Wales’s top export destination by far. These are figures we want to build and improve on, that’s one of the main reasons for my visit.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

First Minister opens trading on Wall Street

First Minister Carwyn Jones rang the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street today to signal the start of trading.

Mr Jones is visiting the USA to raise the profile of Wales as a business destination.

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First Minister to promote Wales in USA

The First Minister will spend three days in Washington before moving on to New York Credit: PA

First Minister Carwyn Jones is to travel to the USA in an attempt to raise the profile of Wales.

The Welsh Labour leader will spend three days in Washington, before moving on to New York.

The visit will include the launch of the 'Friends of Wales Caucus', made up of Congressmen and women with Welsh links.

They'll promote Wales in Washington by staging events on Capitol Hill and raising Welsh interest at the heart of US Government.

Mr Jones will also launch a walking tour in New York, celebrating famous Swansea-born writer Dylan Thomas, who reportedly died in the Big Apple after a marathon drinking session.

He's also planning to stage a number of business meetings with key US investors, including Airbus and the CEO of New York Stock Exchange.

First Minister: 'We are a great location for business'

First Minister Carwyn Jones is to travel to the USA in an attempt to raise the profile of Wales.

Speaking ahead of his visit he said,

It is the largest single destination for UK exports and is one of the biggest markets for Wales in terms of international trade.

Our programme of trade missions includes six further visits to the USA between now and the end of March 2015 - the first of which will be a delegation of more than 20 companies on a trade mission to San Francisco next month.

We have a clear message - we are a great location for business, with a skilled workforce, access to the European Single Market and a unique package of support.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister

First Minister writes to President Obama on behalf of the people of Wales

Carwyn Jones has sent his condolences to President Obama after the shooting massacre in America Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has sent his condolences to President Obama after the tragic shootings in America.

27 people were killed when a gunman went on a shooting rampage in a school in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday.

In his letter, the First Minister said:

Dear Mr President, I write on behalf of the people of Wales to express our deepest condolences to you and the American people following the tragic and horrific events in Newtown, Connecticut.

No words can truly express the deep sense of shock and sadness of losing a child. To lose so many children in such horrific circumstances is truly heartbreaking.

We stand with you in your hour of grief.

Yours Sincerely,

Carwyn Jones