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Taranjit Singh Sandhu to be India’s next ambassador to the US

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS & Staff) India’s Ministry of External Affairs is sending Taranjit Singh Sandhu Washington DC. He will replace Harsh Vardhan Shringla as Indian Ambassador.

Sandhu is currently High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.

Official sources said Sandhu will take over as the US Ambassador from Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who just returned to New Delhi. Shringla will take over as Foreign Secretary from Vijay Gokhale, who is retiring later this month.

Sandhu has previously served as deputy chief at the Indian embassy in Washington DC. The government is sending Gopal Baglay, currently in PMO in New Delhi, to Colombo, as a replacement of Sandhu.

Taranjit Singh Sandhu joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1988. He was responsible for opening the Indian embassy in Ukraine and also worked there as head of the political and administration wings from 1992 – 1994. 

He was the first secretary in Washington DC from 1997 to 2000. In Frankfurt, Germany, he delivered his services as consul general from 2011 to 2013. He also worked as deputy chief of mission at Washington DC from 2013 to 2017.

His wife Reenat Sandhu is also a diplomat and the current Indian Ambassador to Italy and San Marino. The couple has two children.

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