Sarna will succeed the outgoing envoy Arun Singh
Washington, DC: In a statement released on last week, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs announced that “Navtej Singh Sarna has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the United States of America. He is expected to take up the assignment shortly.” Sarna, who is serving as India’s High Commissioner to the UK, will replace the outgoing envoy Arun Singh, who is retiring from service.
A seasoned diplomat and an able communicator, Sarna held the position of spokesperson of the MEA for the longest running period from 2002 till 2008. A veteran Indian Foreign Service officer of the 1980 batch, Sarna has served various Indian missions, including in Moscow, Warsaw, Thimphu, Geneva, Teheran and Washington, DC.
Sarna will be the 26th ambassador to the US, his appointment comes at a time when the country is gripped in fierce and contentious political campaigning for the Presidential election this November. Sarna will be crucial in consolidating the pace of bilateral relations between India and the US, which has entered a new phase in strategic and economic terms. India and US defense ties are at an all-time high, and two-way trade reached a historic $110 billion last year. The countries are now aiming for $500 billion in goods and services trade.
An alumnus of Delhi University, Sarna completed Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law courses before getting a diploma in Journalism. Sarna is fluent in Russian and Polish languages and has also proven to be a prolific writer. His bibliography includes short stories, book reviews and historical novels; ‘Folk Tales of Poland,’ ‘We Weren’t Lovers Like That,’ ‘The Book of Nanak, The Exile,’ and ‘Second Thoughts: On Books, Authors and the Writerly Life.’
Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC remarked, “USINPAC welcomes Navtej Sarna as India’s new ambassador to the US. We look forward to collaborating with the envoy in representing the aspirations of Indian Americans and how we can continue to grow and develop US-India relations.”
The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the voice of over 3.2 million Indian- Americans and works on issues that concern the community. It supports candidates for local, state and federal office and encourages political participation by the Indian- American community. Visit www.usinpac.com for more details.