Kohima, 9 October (MTNews): Abu Metha, Advisor to the Chief Minister and Chairman of the Investment & Development Authority of India (IDAN), met with the Consul General of the United States in Kolkata. Accompanying him was Theja Meru, Chairman of the Task Force for Music & Arts (TAFMA). The Director of the American Centre, Elizabeth Lee, was also present at the meeting.
Abu Metha conveyed warm greetings and best wishes from the Chief Minister of Nagaland to the U.S. officials. He expressed the Chief Minister’s appreciation for their active participation in programs organized by the Nagaland Government, notably the Hornbill Festival.
The discussions focused on the potential for collaboration, fostering people-to-people contacts, and strengthening bilateral ties between India and the United States. The participants explored various plans and strategies for partnership in diverse areas, including culture, music, arts, investment opportunities, education, and youth activities.
Abu Metha emphasized the State Government’s keen interest in welcoming U.S. officials’ participation in the upcoming Hornbill Festival. He expressed optimism about positive partnerships in the months and years ahead, aiming to bring the people of both countries closer for mutual benefit.
Theja Meru highlighted the State Government’s initiatives in the field of music and the creative arts while elaborating on the various collaborations undertaken by TAFMA.
It is worth noting that Melinda Pavek had previously been a Special Guest at the Hornbill Festival. Additionally, both Abu Metha and Theja Meru share the distinction of being alumni of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).