New US en­voy’s fa­mil­iar­ity with In­dia may prove vi­tal

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NATION -

NEW DELHI: Ken­neth Juster is ex­pected to move into Roo­sevelt House, a res­i­den­tial abode de­signed by fa­mous Amer­i­can ar­chi­tect Ed­ward Durell Stone, at the US Em­bassy com­plex in New Delhi soon.

The 62-year-old diplo­mat was sworn in as the US en­voy to In­dia on Tues­day, as­sum­ing a po­si­tion that had been ly­ing va­cant un­der the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion since Jan­uary 20. The best part of Juster’s ap­point­ment, es­pe­cially in the light of the seem­ingly un­pre­dictable na­ture of the US Pres­i­dent’s for­eign pol­icy, was the fact that he hap­pens to be a known en­tity in In­dia.

The new en­voy’s pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in the gov­ern­ment may help him hit the ground run­ning when he ar­rives in In­dia.

He is ex­pected to han­dle the high-pro­file Global En­trepreneur­ship Sum­mit, at­tended by Ivanka – the daugh­ter and ad­viser of Pres­i­dent Trump – slated for the end of this month.

“When it comes to bu­reau­cracy, there isn’t a lot of dif­fer­ence be­tween In­dia and the US. So, hav­ing worked in the sys­tem will help him im­mensely,” said an In­dian of­fi­cial.

Juster has more than a fair idea about bi­lat­eral ties and chal­leng­ing pol­icy is­sues the two sides have ham­mered out in re­cent times.

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