CHARLESTON — The ambassador from India to the United States is visiting South Carolina.

Nirupama Rao assumed the post last year and begins a three-day visit to the state Tuesday as she tours the Port of Charleston.

On Wednesday she travels to Columbia and meets with Gov. Nikki Haley, the state’s first woman governor who also is of Indian descent.

The ambassador will speak at a Columbia World Affairs Council luncheon and on Thursday will tour the BMW plant in Greer.