He said the American had declined to give formal recognition to the alliance.
But party watchers say that is just a formal recognition of a process already under way.
This may be regarded as the first formal recognition by the State to the right of education from public revenue.
This event has, however, been debated whether it should be seen as formal recognition or not.
"It seems to be a formal recognition that the problem is considerably larger than the Administration has been willing to talk about."
The program began in 1992, with formal recognition by law in 1998.
We extend you formal recognition from the new administration which has taken charge in our own affairs.
Under the current system, international schools that describe themselves as "British" do not receive any formal recognition or support from the government.
In 1979 it applied for formal recognition and, with some 77,000 members, was easily able to demonstrate the required level of support.
These states, for the most part, resumed diplomatic relations in 1991 without formal recognition.