Harsh V Shringla, India’s new ambassador to the United States, who arrived in Washington DC on January 9, has presented his diplomatic credential on Friday to the US President Donald Trump at the Oval Office of the White House.
Shringla, who succeeded Navtej Sarna on December 31, becomes India’s youngest ambassador to the US. He addressed the US state department officials and the media on Friday.
According to ANI reports, while talking about his meeting with the US president, Shringla said: “The President attaches great importance to our bilateral relations. He referred to the wide gamut of operations that two nations are involved in, not just at the bilateral level but also as strategic partners in a level that involves regional and global areas of interest, in particular, the vision of the Indo-Pacific region.”
Shringla further stated Trump and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during their 2017 meeting, had an envisioned partnership on the Indo-pacific front.
While stating the progress over the US-India relationship will be a great experience as both “have a wide Canvas”, Shringla said: “It is really for us to see how we can maneuver the various elements that comprise our relationship to take this forward in a way that it is benefiting of the two nations and the commonalities that the two countries enjoy in the terms of ideas, principles, and objectives on regional, bilateral and global levels.”
Shringla disclosed that he has called on Modi before arriving in Washington on December 9, and said, “He (the PM) was quite particular that we should make the fullest endeavor to address all the areas that could show a very significant change in the relationship.”
Referring to the huge potential for cooperation between two nations, Shringla said: “It is very incumbent on me and my colleagues along with partners and stakeholders to see how we can best take this relationship to the levels for which the potentials exist.”
Shringla further said both the countries have been, since long, working on multiple levels together. While hailing the progress as momentous, Shringla said a great amount of progress has been made in several different areas of cooperation including regional, bilateral and global levels.