On Wednesday, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has expressed pride over her Indian ancestry and said one did not need to give up being an Indian to be American.

During a visit at the Indian Embassy in the U.S. on Wednesday United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley met with Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna. Expressing her pride over Indian ancestry, Haley said, “I am a proud daughter of Indian parents.” Haley was born as Nimrata Randhawa in Bamberg, South Carolina, on January 20, 1972, to an Indian American Sikh family who had emigrated from Punjab’s Amritsar district. The senior diplomat in the Trump administration also hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said President Donald Trump has always attached huge importance to the US. He also appreciated Haley for not forgetting her roots and said her journey was a source of inspiration.

Haley also noted that President Donald Trump is very fond of his country’s growing relationship with India, a top American diplomat has said that “sky is the limit” for this bilateral relationship. Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being aggressive in pursuing economic and administrative reforms, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told a select gathering high-achiever Indian-Americans that the Trump administration has also undertaken a similar operation. The t makes sense for the two democracies, having so much in common values to work together, Haley said in her remarks during her luncheon meeting hosted by the Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Singh Sarna, at his residence.

The luncheon, organised at a very short notice, was attended by some of the top Indian-Americans from across the country. Haley said that she desperately wanted to see the US-India relations to be very strong “which wasn’t the case during the last two presidencies”. Haley said Modi was aggressively pursuing reforms and changes in India. “He very much wants to streamline and do all of these reforms that are very true for this (Trump) administration too. So I think it’s a good combination to have them (Trump- Modi) together.”