The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently confirmed the nomination of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to be U.S. ambassador to India. However, the nomination needs to be confirmed by a majority of the U.S. Senate and the vote is yet to be scheduled. The hearing was chaired by Sen. Menendez of New Jersey, the committee is made up of 22 senators — an even split of Democrats and Republicans.
The mayor was nominated to be an ambassador by President Biden, who announced the nomination on July 9, 2021. During his appearance before the committee on December 14, Mayor Garcetti gave a statement followed by questions from lawmakers of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. ”Few nations are more vital to the future of American security and prosperity than India.”
Earlier last month, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee chaired by Sen. Menendez, D-N.J., along with only a handful of Democrats and two Republicans, stressed how Washington sees India as a key partner in its effort to push back against China’s expanding power and influence. ”If confirmed, I will endeavor to advance our ambitious bilateral partnership united by a free and open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, Garcetti had said in his remarks.
“If confirmed, I intend to double-down on our efforts to strengthen India’s capacity to secure its borders, defend its sovereignty, and deter aggression – through information sharing, counterterrorism coordination.”
Known to be President Bidens close aide, Garcetti is a political appointee who in the past has served as a co-chair of Biden’s presidential campaign. In announcing his nomination, the White House emphasized Garcetti’s role in co-founding the bipartisan “Climate Mayors” network and in leading more than 400 U.S. mayors to adopt the Paris Climate Agreement.
According to sources, the White House strongly considers Garcetti to have a steady hand to guide the India US relationship because Washington sees India as a key partner in its effort to push back against China’s expanding power and influence. A Biden loyalist, Garcetti has served as mayor of Los Angeles since 2013. He has a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and he studied international relations as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University.
NRI community-based in the USA has welcomed the appointment of Eric Garcetti, with an optimistic hope from him to bring the bilateral relations between the two countries to new heights. Veteran guide of India US relationship KN Ranganathan predicts that Eric Garcetti will have historic tenure in India because he is a politician rather than a career diplomat hence he will integrate with Indian diversity easily.