Taranjit Singh Sandhu, a senior diplomat who is currently posted as High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka, has been appointed as India’s Ambassador to the US, the Ministry of External Affairs said.
He will replace Harsh Vardhan Shringla as India’s envoy in Washington as Shringla was named as India’s next foreign secretary and will take charge on January 29.
Taranjit Singh Sandhu, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1988 and has served in many countries, including the former Soviet Union in 1990.
He led the opening of the Indian embassy in Ukraine and served as head of the political and administration wings from 1992 to 1994.
He has also served as the consul general in Germany’s Frankfurt from 2011 to 2013.
Earlier, Sandhu was in the US as deputy chief of mission at Washington DC from 2013 to 2017, first secretary in Washington DC from 1997 to 2000 and with the UN in New York from 2005 to 2009.
As far as his academics is concerned, Sandhu graduated in history from St Stephens’ College in Delhi and holds a MA in international relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Interestingly, Sandhu’s wife, Reenat Sandhu, is also an ambassador who is currently serving as India’s ambassador to Italy and San Marino.