NEW DELHI: India's Columnist Navtej Sarna was appointed as the next Ambassador to the US on Thursday as the country gets ready for a presidential transition.
"Navtej Singh Sarna (IFS: 1980) has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the United State of America," an External Affairs Ministry statement said.
"He is expected to take up the assignment shortly," it added.
He assumes responsibility after Arun Kumar Singh resigned a month ago end. Both Sarna and Singh are previous Indian envoys to Israel, basic the significance of a posting in Tel Aviv which is one of Washington's nearest partners.
Sarna was moved to London as the High Commissioner scarcely eight months back.
Sarna has had a past posting in Washington when he was Minister for Press, Information and Culture somewhere around 1998 and 2002.
Before moving to London, Sarna was Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs where he directed the fruitful facilitating last October of the India-Africa Forum Summit that was gone to by a record number of 53 African nations.
Head administrator Narendra Modi was by and by exceptionally content with the association of the Summit and had complimented External Illicit relationships Sushma Swaraj for it.
It is clear Modi needed somebody in Washington he was sure would have the capacity to control the multi-faceted India-US relations into another stage with another organization.
Sarna was among the longest-serving spokespersons of the service somewhere around 2002 and 2008. He has likewise had postings in Moscow, Warsaw, Tehran, Geneva and Thimphu.
Sarna is additionally a productive writer of numerous fiction and true to life books, the latest being 'Apprehensions: On Books, Authors and the Writerly Life' that was discharged a year ago. He was a major hit in London's scholarly circles and had likewise gotten to be, in a limited capacity to focus, well known figure in the Indian people group in the Britain.