Bhubaneswar: Today, U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster concluded a two-day visit to Odisha, his first visit to the State. During his time in Odisha, he met with State leaders, interacted with local youth, and visited significant cultural sites.
On Wednesday, December 19, Ambassador Juster met with Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik at the Secretariat in Bhubaneswar and discussed developments in Odisha and U.S. ties to the State. He then visited the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), where he addressed the student body and interacted with KISS students who are participating in the U.S. State Department English Access Microscholarship Program, which equips students with English skills that will enhance their academic and professional opportunities. Ambassador Juster also visited Bhubaneswar’s old town, where he participated in a heritage walk, and visited the Kala Bhoomi Museum.
On Thursday, December 20, Ambassador Juster visited Konark’s famed Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Ambassador also visited Puri Beach, where internationally renowned sand sculptor Sudarsan Pattanik presented sand art commemorating the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad’s ten-year anniversary. Ambassador Juster concluded his visit by meeting with Governor Ganeshi Lal, where they discussed U.S. relations with India and the State of Odisha.
“The State of Odisha is one of India’s best kept secrets,” commented Ambassador Juster. “In addition to stimulating discussions with both Chief Minister Patnaik and Governor Lal, I enjoyed interacting with the people of this State and experiencing their rich cultural heritage. The dynamism I saw among Odisha’s leaders and young people makes me confident that the State will play an important role in the broader U.S.-India partnership in the years ahead.”
U.S. Consul General in Hyderabad Katherine Hadda accompanied Ambassador Juster on his visit.