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Trump attaches great importance to US-India ties: New Indian envoy

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

attaches great importance to the US-ties, India's new to America Shringla said.

Shringla, a 1984-batch diplomat, presented his diplomatic credentials to the US at the Oval Office of the Friday.

He succeeded who retired on December 31. Shringla is the youngest Indian to the US.

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.

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 ambassador 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 attaches great importance to our bilateral relationship.

"He referred to his recent telephonic conversation with our (Narendra Modi) and he said he looks forward to speaking to our again in the near future".

Shringla said referred to a very wide gamut of cooperations 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 Modi.

Trump highlighted the broad range of strategic interests and fundamental democratic values shared between and the US.

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

It is absolutely momentous and unparalleled, he said.

Shringla assured President Trump of his commitment to expand key pillars of the bilateral relationship including economic relations and trade ties, defence and security, energy, science and technology and global issues, among others.

He was India's to till early this week, before replacing Sarna.

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. 10:55 IST