New Delhi: A day after she said freedom of religion was as important as freedom of people, the US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited a temple, mosque, gurdwara and church in Delhi on Thursday.
This is Haley’s first visit to India after becoming the US envoy to UN. Haley, daughter of Sikh immigrants from Punjab, visited the Gauri Shankar Mandir, Jama Masjid, Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib and Central Baptist Church on Thursday morning.
She also prepared rotis for langar at the gurdwara and was also seen stirring a huge cauldron of prasad, food served among devotees. US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster lent a helping hand.
The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) discussed with her the issue of 52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, being held at a detention centre in Oregon for being part of a large contingent of illegal immigrants seeking asylum there.
After visiting the Jama Masjid, she interacted with a child who was sitting outside the mosque.
Haley kick-started her three-day tour of India with a visit to the majestic tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun.
On Wednesday, she met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed ways to enhance India-US cooperation in various fields, including counter-terrorism.
She had also met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and discussed ways to deepen the Indo-US strategic partnership and the ongoing cooperation between the two countries at the UN.
The US envoy to the UN also met Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Wednesday and reiterated America’s commitment to end child trafficking.
She had visited India in late 2014 when she was the South Carolina Governor.