White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
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The appointment of the US Ambassador to India has been stuck for a long time. The Biden administration has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as ambassador, but it has not been confirmed by the Senate, the upper house of the US Parliament.
Asked about the delay in the appointment of the US ambassador to India, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the relationship between the two countries is very important. The Biden administration remains committed to Senate confirmation of Garcetti’s nomination. Pierre made the remarks during a flight on Air Force One en route to Cherry Point, North Carolina.
Asked if the White House would pursue the final Senate seal on Garcetti’s name? The US spokesman said that certainly. We have a very important partnership with India. You must have seen this in the meeting of President Joe Biden and PM Narendra Modi during the G-20 summit in Bali. As far as the confirmation of Mayor Garcetti as Indian Ambassador is concerned, the process is underway. We are continuously talking to the Senate on this and trying to approve it. This is our priority. Our strategy could not be shared more than this.
There has been a lot of delay in approval from the Senate
The United States continues to pursue the approval of Mayor Garcetti’s appointment. However, it is too late. In January this year, the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee approved a proposal to make Garcetti the US ambassador to India. However, this appointment needs to be approved by a majority in the Senate. Garcetti’s nomination has hit a roadblock after a Senate report was released. The report stated that Garcetti had allegedly overlooked sexual harassment by a top aide.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, US Deputy National Security Advisor John Finer claimed that India-US bilateral relations have been transformed into a ‘Global Strategic Partnership’. In an event at India House Washington, he said that 2022 is a very successful year for the relationship between the two countries.