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Trump attaches great importance to ties with India: Shringla after presenting diplomatic credentials

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

attaches great importance to the bilateral relationship between and the United States, the new Indian to the country, Harsh V Shringla, has said.

Shringla, who arrived here on January 9, presented his diplomatic credentials to the US in the Oval Office of the on Friday.

Reflective of the growing trust and warmth between and the US, the new Indian presented his credentials to in less than 50 hours after arriving in

Such a quick credentials ceremony for a foreign is rare in the American capital, given that in the past, envoys of other countries, including those from India, have waited for weeks to formally present their diplomatic credentials to the US

Diplomatic credentials is a letter that formally appoints a as the to another country. The letter is addressed from one to another. It is presented by the to the receiving in a formal ceremony.

The ceremony further marks the beginning of the official period of ambassadorship.

At a post-credentials ceremony celebration attended by senior officials of the Indian Embassy, the State Department and the White House, Shringla said, "Clearly the president attaches great importance to our bilateral relationship. He referred to his recent telephonic conversation with our and he said he looks forward to speaking to our again in the near future."

During the credentials ceremony, he said referred to a very wide gamut of corporations that the two countries are engaged in, not just at the bilateral level but also as strategic partners involving the region and global areas of interest, particularly the vision of the Indo-Pacific region envisioned by the leaders of the two countries during the June, 2017 visit of

The new Indian said he is amazed at the amount of progress that the US-relationship has made in the last few years.

It is absolutely momentous and unparalleled, he said.

A member of the since 1984, Shringla is the youngest Indian Ambassador to the US. He was India's to till early this week, before replacing Navtej Singh Sarna, who retired on December 31.

A graduated from the St. in Delhi, Shringla speaks French, Vietnamese and Nepalese apart from English and Indian languages.

During his 35-year long diplomatic career, he held a variety of positions in and abroad.

Apart from to being the of India to Bangladesh, he had also been the ambassador to Shringla also served in (UNESCO), to the in New York, (and Ho Chi Minh City), and

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 06:10 IST