U.S. Consul General Helen LaFave visited Nagaland for the second time this year from November 30 – December 3, to attend and participate in the opening ceremony of the Hornbill Festival. This is in keeping with her socio-economic familiarization trips throughout the Northeast underscoring key elements of the U.S. – India strategic relationship.
At the inaugural ceremony of Hornbill Festival: Naga: The Warrior at Kisama Heritage village, Consul General LaFave was delighted to witness the unique and diverse tribal traditions of the Naga people and thanked the Government of Nagaland for inviting her to participate in the festival. She also enjoyed being a part of the Hornbill International Music Festival 2014 and remarked, “The Hornbill Music Festival is a reminder that the United States and India share very important values – democracy, diversity and the recognition that great music transcends borders.”
Consul General LaFave was the Chief Guest at the World War II Peace Rally’s prize distribution ceremony and special guest at Kohima Raj Bhavan’s Hornbill Edition of the Handshake Concert.
Consul General LaFave also met with Government of Nagaland officials and a number of civil society representatives, journalists and NGOs.
While in Kohima, she made a courtesy call on Governor P.B. Acharya and Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang.
During this trip Consul General LaFave toured the Kohima War cemetery to pay tribute to the brave soldiers of India and the allied forces that fought together during World War II.