Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-District 21) has returned from a week-long bipartisan fact-finding trip to India, organized by the Indian government.
The group participated in policy discussions with local and global leaders, visited military installations, and learned about India’s history and culture. At a time of rising India-Pakistan tension, Frankel sought insight on efforts to maintain peace and stability in Kashmir.
“As the world’s oldest and largest democracies, the U.S. and India can work together to tackle the climate crisis and promote a more peaceful and prosperous world,” Frankel said. “On this insightful visit, we heard from business leaders and government officials about India’s efforts to develop renewable energy sources, invest in women’s empowerment and promote democracy.”
The members of Congress started their trip in Mumbai, meeting with local police, historical societies and business leaders. They visited a naval base to learn about maritime cooperation between the two nations. Members attended the 73rd Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort before traveling to Agra and the Taj Mahal. Additionally, the delegation participated in the India-U.S. forum in New Delhi, meeting with the ministers of commerce and industry, urban development and civil aviation, and petroleum. During the forum, Frankel spoke on a panel about the value of soft power and the importance of elevating the economic status of women.