US Congress member Tulsi Gabbard calls on Modi


New Delhi (IANS): Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu American in the US Congress, Wednesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, their second meeting in over two months.

“Discussed several issues with @TulsiGabbard during our meeting today,” Modi tweeted.

The Democrat from Hawaii, who is the sole Hindu member of the US Congress, discussed a broad range of issues with Modi, including bilateral relations, environmental challenges, regional security challenges, terrorism and the killing of school children in Peshawar, said an official statement.

Gabbard complimented the prime minister on his domestic initiatives for accelerating growth, promoting inclusive economic development, providing basic necessities and promoting cleanliness.

She expressed keen interest in India’s spiritual and cultural traditions and spoke about her efforts to promote them in the US, said the statement.

Gabbard had called on Modi Sep 28, when he was visiting the US and presented him with a ginger flower garland from Hawaii.

Gabbard, a strong supporter of Modi, is a Democrat Congresswoman from Hawaii.

The 33-year-old Gabbard is the first practicing Hindu American in the Congress who took her oath on the Bhagavad Gita.

She had spoken to Modi after his victory in the general elections and congratulated him and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).