India’s new Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Vardhan Shringla presented his credentials to President Donald Trump at the Oval office, Jan. 11. Trump welcomed Shringla to Washington and fondly recalled his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He highlighted the broad range of strategic interests and fundamental democratic values shared between our two countries.
Shringla told the president that India was greatly encouraged by his strong personal commitment to take the India-U.S. strategic partnership forward. He assured Trump of his commitment to expand key pillars of the bilateral relationship including economic relations and trade ties, defense and security, energy, science and technology and global issues, among others.
Shringla, who arrived in Washington, D.C., Jan. 9 replaces outgoing envoy Navtej Sarna.
Shringla last served as the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh. In the course of a diplomatic career spanning 35 years, Shringla has held a variety of positions in New Delhi and abroad including Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Thailand.
Shringla has served in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, as joint secretary (director general) responsible for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives. A graduate of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, Shringla has worked in the corporate and public sectors in India prior to joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1984. Shringla speaks French, Vietnamese and Nepalese apart from English and Indian languages. He is married to Hemal Shringla and the couple has one son.
On Jan. 12, Shringla celebrated the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev at AMP auditorium in North Bethesda, Maryland.
Organized in association with various U.S.-based Sikh organizations and gurudwaras and attended by 200 members of the Indian community, think tanks and local government officials, the embassy event marked the first in a series of events planned to commemorate the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev.
“I am delighted to join you all today as we gather to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji,” Shringla said. “I take this as an auspicious beginning to my term as Ambassador of India to the United States — and I am confident that with your full support and best wishes, we will take the India-U.S. relationship to new heights,” Shringla told the gathering.