IMPACT’s Statement on Nomination of Eric Garcetti for Ambassador to India

PHILADELPHIA — IMPACT Executive Director, Neil Makhija’s statement on President Biden’s nomination of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for U.S. Ambassador to India: 

“Ambassadorship to India is a critical position for strengthening ties between the world’s largest and the world’s oldest democracy, and President Biden has made an excellent choice in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.”

“Mayor Garcetti’s credentials and national stature make him an excellent pick for the Ambassadorship to India, a position that is critical to key American priorities like the global COVID-19 crisis, climate change, and immigration.”

“As Mayor, Eric Garcetti oversaw the vaccine deployment in the nation’s second largest city, where over 50% of people over the age of 16 are now vaccinated. Garcetti understands the urgency and reality of addressing climate change, is familiar with geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific region from his service in the U.S. Navy.”

“As a trusted ally of President Biden, Eric Garcetti will make great strides in strengthening diplomatic ties between the United States and India as ambassador, especially during this time of humanitarian crisis.”


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