Diwali a Special Opportunity to Reflect on India-U.S. Friendship: TrumpNovember 08, 2018 10:58
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President Donald Trump extending his greetings on the occasion of Diwali said the festival of lights is a special opportunity to reflect on the bond of friendship between India and the United States.
Trump said First Lady Melania joins him in sending their best wishes for a very happy and memorable Diwali.
He also recognized the "extraordinary" contributions of Indian-Americans in the development of the U.S.
"Diwali is a special opportunity to reflect on the bond of friendship between the United States and India," Trump said in a special Diwali message issued on Wednesday.
"We recognize the extraordinary contributions of Indian-Americans to the strength and success of our nation. Their achievements in business and industry, public service, education, scientific research, and other fields continue to represent the very best of our American virtues and the spirit of the Diwali season," he said.
Stating that Diwali is a joyous and spiritual time marked by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists, Trump said lighting of lamps on the occasion symbolizes the true meaning of Diwali, which is a triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.
Republican National Committee (RNC) chairperson Ronna McDaniel too greeted people celebrating Diwali.
"We wish you and your family and friends a meaningful celebration of the victory of light over darkness. We at the RNC will continue to honor the traditions of diverse communities that enrich and strengthen our country," she said.