Washington (USA): The United States on Wednesday acknowledged that the US envoy to India is an “incredibly important” position that the White House is looking to fill amid growing uncertainty about the fate of President Biden’s candidate Eric Garcetti. Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s nomination to become US ambassador appears difficult as Republicans have sought to stall the case because of a pending investigation into his adviser’s sexual assault.
Asked how the lack of an ambassador in New Delhi affects the ability of the US to not work with Russia on India, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the priority will always be to have a certain ambassador on the ground. it occurs. Saki said the US envoy to India “is an incredibly important diplomatic position.” “We have many ways to communicate and engage and obviously – our Deputy National Security Advisor (Dalip Singh) is an example of this – but clearly our priority would be to have a certain ambassador,” she said.
This comes after media reports said that Eric Garcetti does not currently have enough votes to be confirmed as ambassador to India. There is growing concern within the Democratic Party about the fate of Eric Garcetti to serve as ambassador to India, which is opposing the Biden administration’s efforts to be tough on Russia. Axios reported that Biden could pull Garcetti’s nomination and find another candidate who could be seated as his envoy to India.
Republican Senator Charles Grassley asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay the nomination until the investigation is over, according to a document obtained by Politico. “The United States is obliged to send a qualified ambassador to the Republic of India who will represent the values of the United States,” Grassley said in documents sent to McConnell to inform the Senate. “Mayor Garcetti may be fully qualified, but at this time, the Senate needs to look further into these allegations,” he said.