The Joe Biden administration in the US has recently appointed Indian-American career diplomat Atul Keshap, an old India-hand at the state department, as the country’s Charge’d Affairs (CDA) in Delhi.
- Mr. Keshap, 50, will replace Daniel Smith, who is retiring.
- The US State Department said in a statement that Ambassador Keshap’s appointment will reinforce the close US partnership with the Government and people of India, demonstrated by our collaboration to overcome global challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic
- Mr. Keshap was formerly the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
- He played a key role in developing the U.S.-Maldives defence relationship.
- The two countries signed on to a framework for their security relationship last September.
- He also served as Deputy Assistance Secretary for South Asia and was posted previously to the American Embassy in New Delhi.