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Obama Nominates Richard Rahul Verma as US Ambassador to India

Indian-American Richard Rahul Varma has been nominated as the new US Ambassador to India by US President Barack Obama, declared White House on Thursday.
The 45-year-old Verma is a senior counselor at the business advisory company led by former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, Steptoe & Johnson law firm and the Albright Stonebridge Group. He was the former Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative at the Department of State from 2009 to 2011.
Being the first Indian-American to serve as the top US diplomatic position in New Delhi, Verma’s name has been nominated by Obama along with several other key administration appointments.
In a statement, Obama said, "I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
Verma, who is said to be a close confident to the President, has worked with Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On the legislative side, he has worked with Senator Harry Reid for years and also he has worked extensively on US export controls and economic sanctions.
While serving in the United States Air Force from 1994 to 1998, as an Air Force judge advocate, Verma has received the Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.
In 2008, Verma served on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism and has been a member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.
Being considered as a leading practitioner in the fields of national security law, international regulatory compliance and public policy, Verma has received a BS from Lehigh University, a JD from American University, and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.

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