Ivanka Trump meets Sushma Swaraj, calls her ‘charismatic’


US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump met India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New York on Tuesday and discussed women empowerment and the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad.

Ivanka later tweeted about her meeting, “I have long respected India’s accomplished and charismatic Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and it was an honour to meet her today.”

“We had a great discussion on women entrepreneurship, the upcoming GES2017 and workforce development in the US and India,” she tweeted after the Monday meeting.

In a separate tweet, Ivanka described Swaraj as charismatic. She wrote, “I have long respected India’s accomplished and charismatic Foreign Minister @SushmaSwaraj, and it was an honor to meet her today. #UNGA.”

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that they also discussed women empowerment and social issues.

US State Department spokesperson for South Asian media, Helaena White, called the GES “a further sign of our broad and enduring partnership”.

“The event will highlight India’s enabling environment for innovation and entrepreneurship, including actions by the government to increase the ease of doing business, eliminating unnecessary regulations and supporting startups,” White told IANS.

Ivanka Trump was behind the creation of the World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs, which has a target of making $1 billion for women entrepreneurs.

She has also advocated for equal pay for women and improving work conditions for women.

During her week-long stay here, the minister, leading a high-powered Indian delegation, is expected to hold about 20 bilateral and trilateral meetings with leaders attending the session, according to a report by PTI.

Ms Swaraj is scheduled to leave for India, a day after her address to the UN General Assembly on September 23.