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Permanent US Representative to the UN Nikki Haley to advance US-India relations

The Permanent US Representative to the United Nation with cabinet rank, Nikki Haley, starts her three day India visit on Tuesday.

The first American of Indian origin to hold a cabinet-level position in the US, Nikki’s visit is an effort to advance relations between the two countries, according to the US Mission to the UN.

Haley, who is to meet senior Indian government officials and NGO and interfaith leaders to “underscore the US’ shared values and strong alliance with the people of India”, the mission said.

She is also scheduled to speak to a group of business and government leaders, and representatives of students and civil society on “advancing the US-India relations, according to the mission.

The Trump Administration seeks to scale up relations with India with a view to making it an anchor of its emerging Indo-Pacific strategy as well as helping stabilise Afghanistan through its aid programme.

Haley, whose parents Ajit Singh Randhwa and Raj Kaur Randhwa immigrated from Amritsar District, last visited India in 2013 when she was the governor of South Carolina.

Haley’s visit comes ahead of the 2+2 Dialogue of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis in Washington on July 6.

Haley has emerged as a high-profile official of President Donald Trump’s administration laying down his hardline policy at the UN.

Last week she announced the US was withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and has been leading the charge against Iran, Russia and Syria, while demanding that the UN reform and economise.

A rising star of the Republican Party, Haley has chartered her own course, at times crtiticizing Trump.

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