Taranjit Sandhu appointed India’s ambassador to US
Senior Indian Foreign Service officer (IFS) Taranjit Sandhu has been appointed as India’s ambassador to the United States (US), Ministry of Externals Affairs. India is looking at a trade pact with Washington and is readying for a visit by US President Donald Trump next month.
Sandhu, a 1988-batch IFS officer, has served twice before at the Indian mission in the US and his prior work experience may come handy.
He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian embassy in Washington between July 2013 and January 2017.
Sandhu also held the position of First Secretary (Political) at Embassy of India, Washington responsible for liaison with the US Congress from 1997-2000.
Between July 2005 and February 2009, Sandhu was posted at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York. His wife Reenat Sandhu is the ambassador to Italy.
Sandhu’s appointment is also crucial as India is facing criticism from the US Congress over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and Kashmir policy following abrogation of Article 370.