On Friday, March 24, 2023, the former Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, was officially sworn in as the United States next Ambassador to India. The ceremony, held in Washington, D.C., was presided over by Vice President Kamala Harris, who administered the oath of office to Garcetti.
Garcetti, who served as the Mayor of Los Angeles from 2013 to 2021, is no stranger to politics or diplomacy. During his tenure as Mayor, he worked to build relationships with leaders and officials from around the world. He also helped to make Los Angeles a more welcoming and inclusive city for people from all walks of life, including immigrants and refugees.
As the United States Ambassador to India, Garcetti will have a critical role to play in strengthening the relationship between the two countries. India is an important strategic partner for the United States, with deep cultural, economic, and political ties. Garcetti will be tasked with navigating the complex and often sensitive issues that arise between the two nations, including trade, security, and human rights.
Garcetti’s experience as a mayor and his deep understanding of the challenges faced by diverse communities make him well-suited to this role. He has a track record of bringing people together to find common ground and build consensus, even in the face of difficult issues. This will be an important skill as he works to build relationships with Indian leaders and stakeholders.
The swearing-in ceremony was a brief but significant moment for Garcetti and his family, who were in attendance to witness the occasion. It marked the beginning of a new chapter in Garcetti’s career and the start of an important mission for the United States in India.
Garcetti paid a courtesy call to the Indian Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Taranjit Singh Sandhu as he prepares to depart for India. According to a tweet from the Indian Ambassador, they both discussed some immediate priorities in deepening the bilateral partnership between both countries.
The United States and India have a long and storied history together, and the relationship between the two nations will only become more important in the years to come. With Eric Garcetti as the U.S. ambassador to India, there is reason to be optimistic about the future of this critical partnership.