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Richard Rahul Verma confirmed as next US ambassador to India

Richard Rahul Verma confirmed as next US ambassador to India
Verma, 46, is the first Indian-American to be the US ambassador to India and is expected to be sworn in shortly.

He will arrive in New Delhi ahead of the India visit of US President Barack Obama who will be the chief guest on this year’s Republic Day.The very fact that Mr Verma was confirmed by a voice vote in a bitterly divided senate with more than fifty ambassadorial nominations pending, signify the bi-partisan support to India-US relationship. Verma, who quietly played an important role in the Congressional passage of Civil Nuclear Deal while being at the Hill, had advocated for strong Indo-US ties when in the administration and recently had started a “India 2020” project at a top American-think tank Center for American Progress.

Verma served as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs at the State Department in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011. He is currently a senior counsellor at Steptoe & Johnson law firm and the Albright Stonebridge Group, a business advisory company, led by
former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.Verma will replace Nancy Powell.
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