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US envoy Richard Verma arrives in Delhi

Announcing the arrival of Ambassador Richard Verma on in the Capital on Friday, the United States Mission to India said that, “He will continue the US Mission’s work in advancing the Indo-US strategic partnership.” Verma upon his arrival stressed on working towards strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries. 

“I am honoured to serve as US Ambassador to India at such an exciting time in our bilateral relationship. I look forward to meeting the Indian people and working together with the Indian government on our shared goals of security, development, and prosperity,” he said.

Ambassador Verma is a former Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs. From 2009-2011, he served as a principal advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton. He led the State Department's budget and policy efforts on Capitol Hill, handled more than 200 Senate confirmations, and managed several major congressional investigations. He was also the administration's lead negotiator with Congress on Iran sanctions and the ratification of the new New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) Treaty. He most recently served as a senior counsellor at both Steptoe and Johnson and the Albright Stonebridge Group, where his practise focused on international law and global regulatory compliance.

Earlier in his career, Verma served in the Senate as the senior national security advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

He also worked in the House of Representatives for Defense Appropriations Committee Chairman Jack Murtha. Formerly a country director for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Eastern Europe, Verma was a senior National Security Fellow at the Centre for American Progress, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and served on the boards of the Clinton
Foundation, Human Rights First, and the National Democratic Institute.

Verma served on active duty in the US Air Force from 1994 to 1998. He received his LLM with distinction from Georgetown University Law Centre, and his JD cum laude from American University's Washington College of Law.

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