Seven years after announcement, India to open new consulate in Seattle

Seven years after the government had first announced plans to open its sixth consulate in Seattle, home to many big technology companies, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has appointed its first Consul-General in Seattle. The envoy, Joint Secretary Prakash Gupta, is MEA’s point person for all multilateral coordination on United Nations issues. He had earlier served in India’s permanent mission at the UN.  

Sources said that the announcement of the consulate opening is expected to be made next week during the “2+2” talks on November 10 when U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defence Secretary Gen. Lloyd Austin visit Delhi. Mr. Gupta, who will head a two-man diplomatic mission with about 16 non-diplomatic and local staff, is expected to travel to Seattle in mid-November, to operationalize the consulate by the end of the month. Apart from the Indian Embassy in Washington, India maintains consulates in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, and San Francisco. (News courtesy: thehindu.com 

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