Washington, June 29 (MNN) Ambassador Atul Keshap, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, has been appointed Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the New Delhi Embassy, following the retirement of Ambassador Daniel Smith.
The US State Department said that Ambassador Keshap brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served previously at the US Embassy in India and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia.
He most recently served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and as the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Ambassador Keshap’s appointment will reinforce the close US partnership with the government and people of India, demonstrated by our collaboration to overcome global challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Department said.
Ambassador Atul Keshap has around 27-year career as an American diplomat, having also served in Morocco, and Guinea, and as an Office Director in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs and in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.