Eric Garcetti, the recently appointed US ambassador to India, paid a visit to the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat on Monday. The location, also referred to as the “Gandhi Ashram,” is extremely significant. Garcetti spoke to the reporters present and discussed the relationship between the US and India. He stated, “Our relationship is not based on anyone else. It is based on each other, it is based on warmth of friendship, and it’s based on a common desire to have stronger economies and a peaceful, prosperous Indo-Pacific region. Wherever that is challenged, we stand together.”
“…Today, while so much has changed since I was 19 years’ old, one thing that has not changed is the sense of connection I feel, not only to this place now and to the man who lived here with his family, but to the aspirations of the Indian people and the universal aspirations of all of us to live freely and to recognise the work of every human being,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter where you come from, it does not matter who your parents are, it does not matter what religion you practice, it does not matter what language you speak–all that matters is the dreams in your hearts and working hard to achieve them. And those dreams of India are being realised every single day,” the US Ambassador added.
US Ambassador Eric Garcetti had earlier posted a video on his Twitter handle recounting his visit to the MaharasthraBhawan in Delhi.
“From the bustling streets of LA to the colourful lanes of Delhi, my love of great food continues. I’m at Maharashtra Bhawan, eager to explore the fascinating flavours of India. Join me on this journey as I sample the essence of India, one state at a time. Where should I go next?,” Garcetti posted.
At the Rashtrapati Bhavan earlier on Thursday (May 11), Garcetti and representatives from Qatar and the Principality of Monaco handed President Droupadi Murmu their credentials. Garcetti is scheduled to meet with the state leadership and attend a T20 cricket match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in addition to his visits to the Sabarmati Ashram and the old city of Ahmedabad.