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The US Ambassador to India Richard Rahul Verma on Thursday paid a quiet visit to his ancestral village of Apra in Jalandhar district. He was accompanied by his father, Kamal Dev Verma, and sister, Amita.
Though only a few select people were invited to a function hosted by the local Verma family at the village, a large crowd gathered to welcome the Ambassador.
At the function, Verma promised to enhance Indo-American relations particularly in the fields of education, military, agriculture and science. He also interacted with relatives and took a round of the house.
Jalandhar MP Santokh Chaudhary, SAD MLA Avinash Chander, Congress leader Avtar Henry, Congress spokesperson Nimisha Mehta were also present at the function.
Earlier in the day, the Ambassador, dressed in a greyish blue suit, was given a teary-eyed welcome by his local relatives. His cousin Ram Kumar said the family was overjoyed to host the Ambassador as he could not make it during his earlier visit here; Verma had visited his maternal grandmother’s house in Jalandhar city in May this year.
While the Ambassador left after two hours (he arrived at 12 noon and left at 2 pm), his father remained in the village till evening. Only those with passes, issued by the Verma family in Apra, were allowed to enter the house. Security had been beefed up in the village.