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Ground-breaking milestone: US President Biden on PM Sunak

US President Joe Biden said the ascent of Rishi Sunak as the first Indian-origin UK Prime Minister is a "ground-breaking milestone."

"We got the news that Rishi Sunak is now the PM of the UK. Tomorrow, he goes to see the king (King Charles). It is pretty astounding, a ground-breaking milestone and it matters," US President Joe Biden said at a Diwali reception at the White House.

White House on October 24 hosted the biggest Diwali reception ever which also saw the presence of several Indian Americans from the Biden administration.

"We are honoured to host you. This is the first Diwali reception of this scale in the White House ever to be held. We have more Asian Americans than ever before in history and we want to thank you for making the Diwali celebration a joyous part of American culture," US President Joe Biden said during a reception to celebrate Diwali at the White House.

Wishing a happy Diwali to more than one billion Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists celebrating this Festival of Lights in the United States, India, and around the world, Biden thanked the Indian American community in the US for making the Diwali celebration a joyous part of American culture.

"As we host the official White House Diwali reception, we are honoured to light the diya surrounded by members of the most diverse Administration in American history--led by Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black American and South Asian American to become Vice President."

Biden thanked for the optimism, courage, and empathy demonstrated by the incredible Indian community all across America.


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