POSTED: 06:13 p.m. HST, Jul 22, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 06:17 p.m. HST, Jul 22, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden will reportedly stop in Hawaii this weekend after a six-day trade and diplomatic trip to India and Singapore.
Biden arrived in India on Monday afternoon on a four-day visit designed to strengthen ties and lay the groundwork for a summit between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama this fall in Washington.
Biden, making his first visit to India as vice president and the first by any sitting U.S. vice president in decades, began his trip by visiting a memorial to Mohandas Gandhi, the leader whose non-violent movement freed India from British rule.
“What a high honor and great privilege to be here in this sacred spot - memorializing one man who changed the world,” he wrote at the visitors’ book at Gandhi Smriti, where Gandhi died in 1948.
After meeting senior Indian officials in the capital of New Delhi, the vice president will travel to Mumbai, the nation’s financial hub, to deliver a speech urging both sides to boost economic ties well beyond the current $100 billion in annual U.S.-India trade.
The Bidens will stop in Hawaii on their way back to the United States; they return to Washington on Sunday, according to USA Today.
The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.