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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Hosts Diwali Reception At US State Department

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After a two-year hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attended a Diwali event on Wednesday.

Visitors from the diplomatic, religious, business, and civil society sectors attended this event after the White House’s largest Diwali celebration on Monday.

In his comments at a Diwali event, Mr. Blinken remarked, “Simply to you: it’s a pleasure – an honour to have you at the State Department for this first in-person Diwali since before the epidemic.”

“Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists have decked their houses with rangoli in recent days. They have also exchanged sweets, performed pooja to express gratitude, and let off sparklers. People have congregated to participate in the basic pleasure of being with friends and family all over the globe, from the streets of New Delhi to the parks of Kuala Lumpur to just down the block at the White House “Added he.

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Blinken said the diplomats and representatives of civil society who were in attendance at the event played a crucial role in fostering relationships between the US and local communities overseas “by pressing us to do more to defend religious freedom across the globe.”

On Monday, several Indian Americans from the Biden administration attended the largest Diwali event ever held at the White House.

“Honored to have you as our guest. The White House has never before hosted a Diwali event of this size. We want to congratulate you for making the Diwali festival a joyful part of American culture since there are now more Asian Americans than ever before “During a celebration of Diwali at the White House, Vice President Joe Biden of the United States remarked.

Mr. Biden expressed gratitude to the Asian American population in the US for contributing to the festive celebration of Diwali in American culture.

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