Joe Biden is sending top diplomat Daniel Smith as interim envoy to India

Joe Biden is sending top diplomat Daniel Smith as interim envoy to India

Washington: US President Joe Biden is sending top US diplomat Daniel Smith as his interim envoy to India so that he can cooperate closely with it amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country and ensure that both nations share their common Pursue priorities, including Kovid. 19 epidemic.
The US State Department announced, “Foreign Ministry Director Ambassador Daniel Smith, who has recently served as Acting Secretary of State and Acting Deputy Secretary of State, will depart for New Delhi.” on Friday.
The post of US Ambassador to India has been lying vacant since January 20, when Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. The position requires Senate confirmation. The post-enrollment confirmation process typically takes several months.
Given the ongoing humanitarian crisis in India, the Biden administration cannot take a diplomatic post without a head in New Delhi.
India is battling a second wave of epidemics in the last few days with more than 300,000 new coronovirus cases, and hospitals suffering from lack of medical oxygen and beds.
At Smith, the administration is sending someone to carry the highest Foreign Service rank of career ambassador.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “Smith’s appointment underscores the strong commitment of the United States to our partnership with the Indian government and the Indian people.”
“He said that our countries would cooperate closely with India to ensure that our countries continue to pursue our shared priorities to overcome the global epidemic.”
The State Department said that the US stands in solidarity with India and Smith is committed to working in partnership with India.

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