Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic candidate for President, met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York City, last week.
Gabbard welcomed Prime Minister Modi to the United States and they had a discussion on a wide range of issues, highlighting the importance of the long-standing relationship the United States shares with India.
Gabbard released the following statement after the meeting:
“Prime Minister Modi and I had a productive conversation about the importance of the US-India relationship. India is the world’s largest democracy and one of the United States most important partners in the Asia-Pacific region. We spoke about the need to continue to work together to address the pressing issues that impact us and the world—like combating climate change and protecting our environment, improving the economic well-being of our people, increasing trade, counterterrorism efforts, and preventing nuclear war and nuclear proliferation. We discussed the situation in Kashmir, civil rights, empowering women and addressing poverty, as well as the concern about escalating tensions with Iran.
“It is important that we continue to strengthen this partnership between our two nations that has long had support from both Democrat and Republican leaders. As we work toward mutual prosperity for our people through economic growth, science, health, the environment, security, and more, we recognize that everyone on our planet, we are all one family. There is no place for hate, bigotry, ignorance and prejudice.”
Gabbard is a former Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans. Gabbard has also promoted greater trade between Hawai‘i and India, leading the successful effort to formally create a Sister-State relationship between Hawai‘i and Goa, India.
Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawaii’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees.
She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state.
Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for 16 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major. She is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2020 and is the first female combat veteran and first Hindu to run for president.