US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday celebrated Holi at Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's official residence here.
"Colours of Friendship. Wonderful to have US Secretary of Commerce @SecRaimondo & her colleagues join us for Holi celebrations at Defence Minister @RajnathSingh ji's residence,” Goyal said in a tweet.
The US commerce secretary celebrating Holi in India has demonstrated soft power bonding and an example of cultural diplomacy, an official said.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also posted pictures of the Holi celebrations on Twitter.
"Celebrating Holi with US Commerce Secretary @SecRaimondo at Defence Minister @rajnathsingh ji’s house," Jaishankar tweeted.
"Delighted to host the United States Secretary of Commerce, Ms. Gina Raimondo on the auspicious occasion of Holi at my official residence," Rajnath Singh tweeted. The defence minister also posted a video and pictures of him celebrating the festival with the US commerce secretary.
During the celebrations, the US commerce secretary was also joined by senior Indian officials and US Embassy officials along with their families.
Raimondo is here for the India-US Commercial Dialogue and India-US CEO Forum meet.
India-US Commercial Dialogue and CEO Forum will be held on March 10 to discuss cooperation in various sectors that could unlock new trade and investment opportunities between the two countries, the commerce ministry has said.
The Dialogue is a cooperative undertaking encompassing regular government-to-government meetings to be held in conjunction with private sector meetings, with an aim to facilitate trade, and maximize investment opportunities across a broad range of economic sectors.
-With PTI Input