Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India’s ambassador-appointed to the United States, has presented his credentials to President Donald Trump who welcomed him at the White House and wished him success in his new appointment, the Indian embassy in Washington said.

Taranjit succeeds Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who has been promoted as the Foreign Secretary. “The President fondly recalled his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and their several interactions,” said the statement. He also conveyed warm greetings from President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Trump and the First Lady.

He has also been at the Permanent Mission of India to United Nations, New York from July 2005 to February 2009. He is married to Reenat Sandhu, who is Ambassador of India to Italy. In his successful career of over 30 years in the Indian Foreign Service since 1988, Sandhu started his diplomatic career from former Soviet Union (Russia) where he worked as Third Secretary (Political) /Second Secretary (Commercial) in the Indian Mission from 1990 to 1992.

After the breakup of Soviet Union, he was sent to open a new embassy in Ukraine. He has also been an Officer on Special Duty (Press Relations), Ministry of External Affairs from December 1995 to March 1997, and was responsible for liaison with foreign media in India.

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