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Eric Garcetti sworn in as US Ambassador to India by VP Kamala Harris

At a special ceremony here on Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris swore in former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the next American ambassador to India.

The long and complex search for a successor for the crucial diplomatic position was finally resolved earlier this month when the U.S. Senate approved Garcetti’s nomination.

Since President Joe Biden’s nomination of Garcetti in July 2021, Garcetti’s nomination has been pending before the US Congress.

At the swearing-in event, which was overseen by Vice President Kamala Harris, Maya Garcetti held the Hebrew Bible.

His wife Amy Wakeland, father Gil Garcetti, mother Sukey Garcetti, and mother-in-law Dee Wakeland all showed up for the ceremony.

“I cannot wait to serve,” Garcetti said, when asked about his new diplomatic assignment.

In the first two years of President Biden’s tenure, Garcetti, 52, was not approved by the Senate due to concerns from certain senators that he had not handled charges of sexual assault and harassment against a former senior assistant effectively.

In January of this year, President Biden renominated him for the same position.

Geopolitical considerations, according to Garcetti’s backers, were too essential to leave India without an ambassador.

Since Kenneth Juster, the last American envoy in New Delhi, resigned following the change of government in America, the U.S. Embassy in India has been without an ambassador for the longest period in the history of U.S.-India relations.

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