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US Lawmakers, Indian-Americans Welcome Biden’s Nomination Of Eric Garcetti As Envoy

“I am honoured to accept his nomination to serve in this role,” Eric Garcetti mentioned

Washington:

Powerful US lawmakers and eminent members of the Indian-American neighborhood have welcomed the nomination of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti because the nation’s subsequent envoy to India.

US President Joe Biden on Friday introduced the nomination of Garcetti, 50, because the US Ambassador to India.

“I am honoured to accept his nomination to serve in this role,” Mr Garcetti mentioned in a press release quickly after he was nominated for the function.

Top American lawmakers and eminent members of the Indian-American neighborhood described it as a superb alternative.

“Mayor Garcetti is an excellent choice to serve as US ambassador to India. The importance of India to the global economy and national security will only continue to grow over the coming years – and having a steady hand to guide our relationship with that nation is vital,” Senator Dianne Feinstein mentioned.

Garcetti, because the grandson and great-grandson of immigrants, is dedicated to financial alternative and justice for all, two bedrock American values that he’ll successfully champion in India, she mentioned.

Biden’s nomination of Garcetti to function subsequent ambassador to India is a vital step ahead within the US-India partnership as the 2 nations work collectively to finish the pandemic, enhance financial cooperation, and guarantee regional safety, Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi mentioned.

“Mayor Garcetti’s experience in leading Los Angeles while championing international cooperation between the world”s leading cities will undoubtedly serve him well as he helps strengthens the relationship between the world’s largest democracy and its oldest,” he mentioned.

The alternative of Eric Garcetti to be the US ambassador to India is a mark of how eager the Biden administration is on establishing sturdy ties with India, mentioned MR Rangaswami, a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and investor, about his nomination.

Mr Rangaswami mentioned Mr Garcetti has a powerful monitor report because the mayor of America’s second largest metropolis and a private reference to Biden.

“Both of these will be significant assets as he plays a leading role in the efforts to further strengthen US-India ties and we at Indiaspora are delighted with this development,” he mentioned.

“As Co-Chair of the Congressional India Caucus, I look forward to working with Garcetti to strengthen the relationship between the world’s oldest and largest democracies,” mentioned Congressman Brad Sherman.

Indiaspora, a nonprofit organisation of world Indian leaders, in a press release mentioned because the Mayor of Los Angeles, the United States’ second largest metropolis, Mr Garcetti would deliver helpful political and administrative expertise to the function.

“A close political confidante of President Biden who served as a Co-chair of his campaign in 2020, Garcetti also would have the President’s ear,” it mentioned.

Mr Garcetti has a variety of worldwide expertise, having lived and labored in Asia in addition to Europe and Africa.

A Rhodes’ scholar, he has served as Los Angeles’ first Deputy Mayor for International Affairs, the place he expanded L.A.’s international ties to deliver extra jobs, financial alternative, tradition, training, and guests to the town, based on Los Angeles” authorities web site.

“Ambassadorship to India is a critical position for strengthening ties between the world”s largest and the world’s oldest democracy, and President Biden has made an excellent choice in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti,” mentioned IMPACT government director, Neil Makhija.

“As Mayor, Eric Garcetti oversaw the vaccine deployment in the nation’s second largest city, where over 50 per cent of people over the age of 16 are now vaccinated. Garcetti understands the urgency and reality of addressing climate change, is familiar with geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific region from his service in the US Navy,” he mentioned.

“As a trusted ally of President Biden, Eric Garcetti will make great strides in strengthening diplomatic ties between the United States and India as ambassador, especially during this time of humanitarian crisis,” Mr Makhija mentioned.

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