Senior Biden administration officials commended Taranjit Singh Sandhu for his leadership in enhancing the India-US relationship, stating that he has laid the groundwork for numerous positive developments in bilateral ties. A farewell reception was held at India House in honor of Sandhu, who is set to retire from the foreign service later this month after a distinguished career spanning over three decades.
Biden administration officials, including Deputy National Security Advisors Mike Pyle, Anne Neuberger, and Principal Deputy NSA Jon Finer, attended the reception, along with members of the think-tank community. Rahul Gupta, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the White House, expressed gratitude to Sandhu, acknowledging his leadership and achievements in fostering bilateral relations.
Victoria Nuland, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, lauded Sandhu's proactive and creative approach, emphasizing his instrumental role in strengthening the relationship between the two nations. She highlighted the significant progress made during Sandhu's tenure and expressed appreciation for his positive and collaborative demeanor.
Frank Kendall, US Secretary of the Air Force, acknowledged Sandhu's key role in advancing the India-US relationship, emphasizing the growth of friendship over the years. Kendall metaphorically described the relationship as a well-attended garden that has matured and produced nourishing fruits and vegetables.
In his remarks, Sandhu expressed gratitude to US officials and other stakeholders for their cooperation throughout his tenure as the Indian ambassador to the US. He hosted the reception to celebrate the champions and architects of stronger India-US ties, including representatives from the White House, NSC, US administration, Congress, industry, academia, think-tanks, and media.
Sandhu reflected on the maturation of the India-US relationship, likening it to a well-attended garden with flourishing flowers despite occasional challenges. He recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the US Congress in 2016, noting that the relationship has overcome historical hesitations and has since grown, matured, and blossomed.
Sandhu quoted Prime Minister Modi, stating, "The scope of our cooperation is endless. The potential of our synergies is limitless, and the chemistry of our relations is effortless," expressing confidence in the continued success of the bilateral partnership.
(With Agency Inputs)