Joe Biden elected Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti as US Ambassador to India. India News – Times of India

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has named Los Angeles Mayor and climate advocate Eric Garcetti as US ambassador to India, a country Washington as a key partner in his effort to push back against China’s growing power and influence. sees.
Garcetti, a Biden loyalist who co-chaired the successful Biden-Harris 2020 election campaign, has served as mayor of Los Angeles since 2013.
white House With the announcement of Garcetti’s nomination, the biography highlights his role as co-founder of the bipartisan “Climate Mayors” network and the adoption of more than 400 US mayors. Paris climate a settlement.
It said Garcetti is the current president of C40 Cities, which he described as “one of the 97 largest cities in the world taking bold climate action,” and the organization’s engagement and expansion in India and the COVID- 19 led its global response to the pandemic.
India is the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States, although emissions per capita are much lower than those countries. It is under pressure from the United States and others to commit to the goal of decarbonizing its economy by 2050.
Garcetti issued a statement saying he was “honoured” to accept the nomination, which must be confirmed. US Senate.
The White House said Garcetti was a Rhodes Scholar who attended Oxford and the London School of Economics, and also did field work on nationalism, ethnicity and human rights in Southeast Asia and Northeast Africa.
It said he spent 12 years as an intelligence officer US Naval Reserve Component, serving under the Commander of US Pacific Fleet and with the Defense Intelligence Agency, before retiring as a lieutenant in 2017.
Biden has sought to strengthen ties with India, particularly through the Quad grouping of countries, which also includes Australia and Japan, all of which share concerns about China.
The White House says Biden will host a summit of Quad leaders this year, focusing on infrastructure, after a virtual meeting in March.
The group agreed at that meeting that Indian drugmaker Biologicals E Ltd would produce at least one billion vaccine doses by the end of 2022, primarily for Southeast Asian and Pacific countries.
However, India, the world’s largest vaccine producer, was later hit by a catastrophic wave of infections amid sharp criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s domestic vaccination efforts and halted vaccine exports.


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