Amid a new bounce in India-US relations following the visit of US President Barack Obama to New Delhi in January, India has named Arun Kumar Singh, a 1979 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, as its next ambassador to Washington.
Mr Singh, currently New Delhi’s envoy in Paris, succeeds Mr S. Jaishankar, who took over as India’s Foreign Secretary on January 28.
Mr Singh is no stranger to Washington and the power pack at Capitol Hill as served as deputy chief of mission in Washington for nearly five years before heading to Paris. The new envoy’s mandate will be to ensure swift implementation of the ambitious Modi-Obama joint statement and to sustain the revived momentum in what Mr Obama has described as the defining partnership of the 21st century.
Mr Singh has an impressive resume, which includes a stint as India’s ambassador to Israel and handling the crucial Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran desk as joint secretary.
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