On the occasion of Diwali, wishes poured in from across the world, with leaders from different countries tweeting out their greetings. US President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump extended her greetings in a tweet saying, “Wishing Hindus, Sikhs & Jains around the world a joyful Diwali.” She further said that she is looking forward to visiting India for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will be held in Hyderabad between November 28 to November 30, 2017.
She also shared a picture of US President Donald Trump taking part in the celebrations of Diwali at the White House on Wednesday.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 18, 2017
US President Donald Trump had celebrated his first Diwali at the White House on Wednesday. In a video shared on Facebook, he hailed the contributions of the Indian-American community and said he valued his very strong relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his Facebook post, Trump wrote, “As we do (celebrate Diwali) so, we especially remember the People of India, the home of the Hindu faith, who have built the world’s largest democracy.”
US Vice President Mike Pence also greeted the people on the occasion of Diwali as he hoped to achieve peace, prosperity and for the triumph of light over darkness.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 18, 2017
Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal also took to Twitter to wish people on Diwali and said, “May the light guide your path.” Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also sent out their Diwali greetings.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson extended his Diwali greetings as he began his major India policy speech, saying, “Generally, fireworks accompany that. I don’t need any fireworks; I’m getting too many fireworks around me already. So we’ll forgo the fireworks.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of the earliest people to send out his Diwali wishes as he tweeted “Diwali Mubarak” two days back. Trudeau had earlier wished people on Eid al-Adha with an important message on kindness and reflection, Baisakhi in fluent Punjabi and even Independence Day clad in a kurta.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 17, 2017