Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Begins Meetings in India to Promote U.S., Hawaiʻi Interests
NEW DELHI, INDIA – On December 16 in India, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) began a visit to India at the invitation of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who she recently met with during his visit to the U.S. During their first meeting, the two spoke of the priorities shared by India and the U.S., including defeating the threat posed by ISIS and other Islamic extremists, collaborating to address environmental concerns, and maximizing economic opportunities. The congresswoman’s visit to India as the Prime Minister’s guest will work towards these efforts.
“The potential for the relationship between the United States and India is extremely bright, and I wish to enhance this important partnership through my visit to India,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “I was honored to accept the invitation of Prime Minister Modi and look forward to meeting with him again. Throughout this visit, I will have the opportunity to meet with a variety of people from different industries in five major cities, with the objective of investing in and strengthening the relationship between the world’s largest and oldest democracies.”
While in India, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will build relationships with high ranking officials in government and the military, as well as meet with individuals and leaders in different industries, agencies, and organizations that promote business, technology and innovation, renewable energy, tourism, education, opportunities for women and children, and environmental protection. She will address the India Ideas Conclave in Goa, deliver welcoming remarks at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Conference, speak to students at Goa University, and participate in the Bangalore Innovation and Start-Ups technology conference. The congresswoman will also meet with the leadership of the Indian Film Industry to create more opportunities for the industry in Hawaiʻi, as well as promote eco-tourism and other investments in the Aloha State.
As a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the subcommittee on Asia-Pacific, Congresswoman Gabbard has demonstrated leadership in setting strong U.S. foreign policy. She serves on the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, which was established in 1994 and has been the driver of the India-U.S. bilateral relationship. Due to the increased efforts of this Caucus, among other things, the friendship and opportunities between these two countries has been strengthened and continues to grow.
Congress is currently in recess, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will return to Washington, DC before Congress reconvenes on January 6, 2015. No U.S. tax dollars will be used to fund the travel and associated costs of the congresswoman’s trip to India.