October 2017 \ Diaspora News \ DIASPORA
“Diaspora can boost relations”: US diplomat

American diplomat Jeffrey Sexton in September batted for building

  • A piece of USA at Badamtala, Kalighat, Kolkata, that has celebrated the Indo-USA Tourism Year 2017 in association with US Consulate General, IAGCC and IFSD. Mr Mridul Pathak of IAGCC welcomes West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee and Mr Jeffrey R Sexton, Counselor for Public Affairs

American diplomat Jeffrey Sexton in September batted for building on the Indian diaspora in the US to bolster relations, noting it is becoming more and more active in promoting cross cultural ties.

“The biggest connection that we have now is the size of the Indian diaspora in the US. All of the Indians who have connections with the US now... relatives, friends studying in the US and if we just keep building on this wonderful positive connection between the two countries, it adds such an important dimension to our relationship,” Sexton, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in New Delhi, said on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Badamtola Ashar Sangha Durga puja and the Great Kolkata Autumn Heritage Festival. The pandal (marquee) represents a slice of America in Kolkata.

“The diaspora is becoming more and more active in the US in promoting these kind of connections (cross-cultural connections)... it is becoming more politically involved in the US... you see many of our politicians ... United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley... the high profile just highlights once again the diversity of the US as a country and its connections to South Asia and India...,” Sexton said. The U.S. Embassy and consulates in India are celebrating the US-India Cultural Connections and #USIndiaDosti this month through several engagements.