At a special reception hosted by India’s Ambassador to the US, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar was praised for his role of being the “architect” of modern US-India relations.
The accolades from top Biden administration officials came during a special reception hosted by India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, in honour of EAM S Jaishankar.
Several notable figures from the Biden administration, including US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Verma, President Biden’s domestic policy advisor Neera Tanden, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Dr Rahul Gupta, and Director of the National Science Foundation Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan were part of the event.
S Jaishankar was on a visit to the US from September 22 to September 30 during which he addressed the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. In Washington, Mr Jaishankar met several top US officials including National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Ambassador Katherine Tai and US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Veteran diplomat Richard Verma praised S Jaishankar as the architect behind the modern US-India relationship and exuded confidence that US-India strategic ties have enhanced under his watch.
“I have also known (Jaishankar) for a long time over many capacities, and who I can also say, he is the architect of modern US-India relations. We would not be in the strong place that we are today, but for the external affairs minister, your leadership,” Mr Verma said in his public address.
At the “Colors of Friendship” event in Washington DC, S Jaishankar addressed members of the Indian community, underscoring the importance of people-to-people connections in building stronger bilateral ties.
Hundreds of community members from across the United States also participated in the event. Giving credit to the Indian Americans, S Jaishankar noted the importance of people-to-people connections in building stronger bilateral ties and that the Indian community was a “bridge between the two nations.
Biden’s top advisor, a prominent Indian American in the White House, Neera Tandon said that it’s important that India and the US have a strong person-to-person, community-to-community leader relationship based on the strength of the community and today the Indian Americans are throughout the administration at prominent positions.
“In fact, you can’t throw a stone in the White House and not hit an Indian American these days,” Neera Tandon told the community.
“Our community has honestly matured and recognized that we can participate and contribute in so many ways. And I think it is the strength of that relationship and the strength of the democratic participation that we are part of, that really builds on the US-India relationship. And it is an honour to be here with the foreign minister, Jaishankar, who’s a great leader across so many issues and has recognized for years the important strength of the community,” she said.
Ahead of Gandhi Jayanti, Mr Jaishankar also paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in the US. He and other guests made several remarks about the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi.
With inputs from agencies