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India reaches out to American mayors, governors to build people-to-people relationship

The policy of the Indian government assumes significance in the context of the growing clout of elected representatives in powerful metropolises in domestic and national politics

India reaches out to American mayors, governors to build people-to-people relationship

Taranjit Singh Sandhu. File photo



PTI

Washington, February 12

With a view to enhancing localised ties and people-to-people relationships, Indian Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu has stepped interactions with local city mayors and governors across the US.

This policy of the Indian government assumes significance in the context of the growing clout of elected representatives in powerful metropolises - New York, Los Angeles and Chicago - in domestic and national politics.

Affirming this trend, US President Joe Biden has now nominated Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti as his ambassador to India.

In the last fortnight alone, Ambassador Sandhu has met three dominant mayors. This is in addition to engaging senior American administration officials and over 40 of the 50 state governors.

Now, the Indian diplomatic mission here and the ambassador are making special efforts in its outreach to local administrations.

Last month, Sandhu met New York Mayor Eric Adams. An African-American, law and order officer for over 20 years, he had a historic victory against progressives and projects a centrist view on law and order.

Adams was in national spotlight when President Biden travelled to New York to roll out his policies on law and order in the mayor's presence.

On January 30, Sandhu met Mayor Adams and congratulated him on his historic election as New York City's Mayor. He thanked the Mayor for his support to the India-US partnership and to the Indian diaspora in New York.

Sandhu and the mayor held discussion on further bolstering the strong partnership between India and the City of New York with special emphasis on key areas including affordable health care, renewable energy, new and emerging technology, education and knowledge partnership, IT and fintech and space.

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