indica News Bureau-
Seasoned diplomat Taranjit Singh Sandhu has been appointed as India’s Ambassador to the US, replacing Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the Ministry of External Affairs released a note on 26th January.
Sandhu IFS, 1988 batch, presently High Commissioner of India, Colombo is all set to take over as the next foreign secretary of the US.
Sandhu’s appointment comes days before the expected visit of President Donald Trump to India. As the top Indian diplomat in Washington D.C., he has to deal with the ongoing Congressional hearings regarding India’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA). The other issue on the agenda will be to negotiate with the U.S. authorities, so that the number of H1B visas are not curtailed.
Earlier, there have been studies that the Ministry of External Affairs was sending Sandhu to Washington DC, Javed Ashraf to France and Ravish Kumar to Austria, making main modifications within the deployment of ambassadors.
These transfers have taken place at a time when India stays within the worldwide information attributable to a number of main selections taken within the second time period of the Modi authorities.
The crucial appointment came on a day when Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale retired after distinguished service. External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar conveyed his best wishes to the official and acknowledged his contributions to Indian diplomacy.
Sandhu had earlier served as Deputy Chief within the Indian Embassy in Washington DC. The authorities will send Gopal Bagle to Colombo in place of Sandhu, who is presently dealing with duty on the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in New Delhi.
In other appointments, India’s high commissioner to Singapore Ashraf will move to France as ambassador while ambassador to Paris Vinay Kwatra shift to Nepal in the same rank. Ajay Bisaria, India’s former high commissioner to Pakistan, is expected to take up a similar assignment in Canada.