Juster sworn in as US Am­bas­sador to In­dia

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KEN­NETH Juster has been sworn in as the US Am­bas­sador to In­dia with Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence voic­ing con­fi­dence that he will build an even stronger part­ner­ship that will ben­e­fit both coun­tries and their peo­ple.

Juster re­places In­dian-Amer­i­can Richard Verma as the top Amer­i­can diplo­mat to In­dia.

The po­si­tion has been ly­ing va­cant since Jan­uary 20 after Verma re­signed from the post after the swear­ing in of Don­ald Trump as the 45th Pres­i­dent of the US.

His nom­i­na­tion was con­firmed by the US Senate unan­i­mously on Novem­ber 2. Juster founded and served as the US Chair of the US-In­dia High Tech­nol­ogy Co­op­er­a­tion Group, and was one of the key ar­chi­tects of the ‘Next Steps in Strate­gic Part­ner­ship ini­tia­tive’ be­tween the US and In­dia.

“Con­grats, Ken Juster, the new US Am­bas­sador to In­dia!” Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence said in a tweet after ad­min­is­ter­ing the oath of of­fice to him on Mon­day.

“The ties be­tween the United States and In­dia run deep, and @POTUS & I are con­fi­dent that with his lead­er­ship, in­tegrity & ex­pe­ri­ence, Ken will build an even stronger part­ner­ship that will ben­e­fit our na­tion & our peo­ple,” Pence said.

An old In­dia hand, Juster, 62, is ex­pected to be headed for In­dia soon so as to pre­pare for the suc­cess­ful visit of Ivanka Trump to Hy­der­abad later this month.

Ivanka, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s daugh­ter and his se­nior pres­i­den­tial ad­vi­sor, will be lead­ing a high-pow­ered del­e­ga­tion of Amer­i­can of­fi­cials and en­trepreneurs to at­tend the Global En­tre­pre­neur Sum­mit be­ing hosted by In­dia in Hy­der­abad this month.

Juster’s work re­lated to In­dia played an im­por­tant role in the trans­for­ma­tion of the US-In­dia re­la­tion­ship and helped pro­vide the foun­da­tion for the his­toric civil nu­clear agree­ment be­tween the two coun­tries.

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