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Ambassador Eric Garcetti will deepen cooperation with India: US

Garcetti, who is now headed to New Delhi this month, was not confirmed by the Senate in President Biden’s first two years in office

Eric Garcetti participates in a swearing in ceremony as Ambassador to India on March 24, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Getty Images)

By: Pramod Thomas

The White House has announced that Eric Garcetti, the US Ambassador to India, will be spearheading an ambitious effort to enhance collaboration between the US and India, particularly in the areas of defense and economy.

Garcetti, who previously served as the mayor of Los Angeles, was sworn in as Ambassador to India on March 24 in a ceremony attended by vice president Kamala Harris.

After a lengthy delay of over two years, the US senate finally confirmed Garcetti’s nomination last month, making him the first person to fill this important diplomatic role in a while.

Garcetti’s nomination was pending before the US Congress since July 2021 when he was nominated by president Joe Biden.

“The president has said, when we look at the relationship with India, it’s one of the most consequential relationships that the United States has in the world. That still stands,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

“Ambassador Garcetti will be leading an ambitious effort to deepen our cooperation with India in critical and emerging technologies, expand our defense cooperation, and strengthen our economic and people-to-people ties,” Jean-Pierre said.

This is one of the most consequential relationships that the United States has in the world, she said.

“So, it’s an important relationship that the president sees,” Jean-Pierre told reporters.

Garcetti, who is now headed to New Delhi this month, was not confirmed by the Senate in President Biden’s first two years in office amid concerns by some lawmakers that he had not adequately handled allegations of sexual assault and harassment against a former senior adviser.

President Biden renominated him to the same position in January this year.

Garcetti supporters argued that geopolitical concerns were too important to leave India without an ambassador.

The US embassy in India has been without an ambassador since January 2021, the longest stretch in the history of US-India relations that the post has sat vacant, since Kenneth Juster, the last US envoy in New Delhi, stepped down after the change of government in the US.

(PTI)

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