Gabbard met Modi in New York. “It was a great privilege to meet with Prime Minister Modi and personally welcome him on his historic visit to America. The Prime Minister’s visit to the US is a great opportunity to further develop the vital friendship and cooperation between the world’s largest and oldest democracies,” she said.
“We had a wide-ranging discussion on several issues our countries have in common, including how America and India can work together to help combat the global threat posed by Islamic extremism,” Gabbard said. Gabbard gave Modi her personal copy of the Bhagavad-Gita, which she has had since she was a child and was “a source of courage and comfort” during her two tours of duty in the Middle East as a soldier, and which she used to take her Congressional Oath of Office. Gabbard also presented Modi with a ginger flower garland from her home state of Hawaii, which Modi pointed out was a tradition in India as well. During their meeting, the two spoke of the priorities shared by India and the US, including defeating the threat posed by ISIS and other Islamic extremists, cooperating to address environmental concerns, and maximizing economic opportunities.