NICOLA Sturgeon will visit the US next week to promote Scotland's global aims ahead of a planned independence referendum.

The visit follows the launch of Scotland's Global Affairs Framework which sets out how the Scottish Government plans to be"more active internationally".

Reflecting on subjects such as Brexit, the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, the Framework outlines key areas of focus such as global citizenship, maintaining close relations with the EU, gender equality and respect for human rights.

The First Minister will take part in a range of engagements focused on the interlinked issues of climate, energy security, and the war in Ukraine, including a keynote speech at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington DC.

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She will also meet with key congressional groups and discuss ways to create a greener, fairer, and more equitable economy with executives of companies operating across the Atlantic.

Sturgeon, who will make the trip on Monday and Tuesday next week, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic and the climate and biodiversity emergencies prove in the starkest possible way that we live in an interconnected world and it is more important than ever that Scotland plays its part.

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"The crisis in Ukraine underlines how interconnected these challenges are, and all countries have a role to play in meeting them.

“We are determined that Scotland continues to be a good global citizen, making a constructive contribution to addressing global challenges such as climate change.

“Our international activity creates opportunities at home, broadens our horizons, attracts high-quality investment and ultimately benefits our people - no more evident than in Scotland’s longstanding relationship and strong trade ties with the USA, which this visit will build upon further.

“By being open and connected and making a positive contribution internationally, we give ourselves the greatest possible chance of building a successful country.

"In this way we can make a contribution to the world that is welcomed, valued, and helps us all.”