The US has sent its first official representatives to the newly formed Bicol region in New India.
The announcement came at a ceremony on Friday, which marked the formal beginning of the process of establishing a joint commission to manage the region.
“Bicol region is the first Indian state to have its own official Indian ambassador to the US,” said US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki in a statement.
“This is important as the region represents a vital resource for both our nations and will benefit from greater connectivity, better governance, and a better future for both countries.”
As a result, this region will serve as an important venue for the first-time summit between our two countries, the first ever Indian-US strategic partnership.
“In November, the US announced the creation of the Indian-American Strategic Partnership, a new initiative aimed at expanding cooperation in economic, cultural, educational and other areas.
The initiative was designed to build on the longstanding cooperation between the two countries to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the two communities.
The US and India have also been working on a new strategic partnership, to be signed during President Trump’s visit to India in April 2019.
This year’s summit will mark the first time in the history of the Bicol Region that the US and Indian diplomats have jointly held a regional summit.
Last year, the BIClide, a joint event organised by the Biodiversity Council of India and the Bishops Conference of India, was held in New York, where President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were present.
The Bicol will be one of the first two countries in the region to have a joint secretary-level mission.