HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The vacancy of the position of the US ambassador to India remained vacant since Biden’s oath.
  • The decision comes as a step to unfold the humanitarian crisis in India.
  • Previously, Daniel Smith had served as acting secretary of state and acting deputy secretary of state.
  • Smith will assist India to overcome the crisis which will also reflect the strong relationship shared between the two nations.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in India, US President Joe Biden has decided to send his top diplomat Daniel Smith as its interim envoy to India. This is a step to unveil the humanitarian crisis in India, and it will also aid India to overcome the COVID-19 crisis.

Addressing the media on Friday, the White House officials made the announcements. The officials cited that Ambassador Daniel Smith, the director of the Foreign Service Institute will be departing for New Delhi to serve as Charge d’Affaires. Previously, he served as acting secretary of state and acting deputy secretary of state.

Ever since January 20, Biden has taken the oath as the 46th President of the US, the position of the US ambassador to India remained vacant. Reportedly, the position needs a Senate confirmation. Usually, the confirmation process after the nomination takes several months.

The State Department spokesperson Ned Price mentioned that the appointment of Daniel Smith highlights the significance of the strong partnership and cooperation between the two nations. “He will spearhead close cooperation with India to ensure that our countries continue to advance our shared priorities, including overcoming the global pandemic,” Price said.

Presently, India turns out to be the worst-hit nation by the global pandemic. The nation is witnessing over 3.60 lakh daily COVID-19 cases. The surging figures have also led to a crisis of oxygen cylinders, vaccines, and other COVID-19 necessities.