India: Taranjit Singh Sandhu will likely be India's next US envoy | India News

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NEW DELHI: Modi government likely to send Taranjit Singh Sandhu as the next ambassador to the United States. Currently high commissioner in Sri Lanka, Sandhu will probably succeed Harsh Vardhan Shringla who has just returned to New Delhi to succeed Vijay Gokhale as foreign secretary. Gokhale retires at the end of January.
Jawed Ashraf, India's high commissioner in Singapore, will succeed Vinay Kwatra as ambassador to France in the coming weeks. Kwatra will travel to Nepal to succeed Manjeev Singh Puri who has just retired. Ashraf will take on an important mission because France has become one of India's most important partnerships in the world.
Sandhu was Deputy Chef de Mission in Washington DC between 2013 and 2017. He served in the Indian Mission in DC between 1997-2000 and is generally considered a familiar face in Washington DC circles.
Sandhu's likely appointment is important given the possibility that U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to travel to India for an independent visit in late February. The visit is still qualified as temporary because it must take into account Trump's removal schedule - the Trump removal trial was transferred to the United States Senate, after being passed in the House of Representatives.
Gopal Baglay, currently in the Prime Minister's Office, is expected to succeed Sandhu as sent to Colombo. As the New Year unfolds, MEA is likely to change its face in some of the world's key missions.

This article appeared first (in English) on THE TIMES OF INDIA

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