Washington, DC: The tenure of India’s ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu was extended for a year till the end of January 2024 by the government of India.
A notification published in the Gazette of India on November 28 states, “The President of India is pleased to re-employ Taranjit Singh Sandhu (IFS:1988), an officer of Grade 1 of IFS, as Ambassador of India to the United States of America, for a period of 01 year with effect from 01.02.2023 to 31.01.2024 or until further orders.”
Sandhu, who was due to retire in January 2023, is a veteran US hand who has served in Washington DC thrice — as a young political officer handling the Congress between 1997 and 2000, as the deputy chief of mission between 2013 and 2017, and then as ambassador from early 2020.
The US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum welcomed the extension in a press release. Ambassador Sandhu brings unparalleled expertise and experience in his interactions with both the legislature and executive branches of the US government, the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum said.
“His extension will help consolidate US-India relations and take it to new heights,” the forum’s president and CEO Mukesh Aghi said in a statement.
Congratulating Sandhu on his extension till 2024, Aghi said the ambassador has been a veteran of US-India relations, and an exceptional asset to the U.S.-India partnership, shepherding this relationship to new heights.
“He has seen the evolution of the strategic partnership through his multiple years of experience in the U.S., right from his earlier years in the foreign service in the late 90s, to his stint as DCM and now as Ambassador in Washington,” Aghi said.
“Ambassador Sandhu brings unparalleled expertise and experience in his interactions with both the legislature and executive branches of the US government,” Aghi said.