Trump to appoint Ashley Tellis as new US Ambassador to India

Mumbai-born Ashley Tellis is likely to take over as new Ambassador once the incumbent ambassador Richard Verma leaves the position on January 20.

Trump to appoint Ashley Tellis as new US Ambassador to India

Donald Trump is reported to have zeroed in on Mumbai-born Ashley Tellis as the next US ambassador to India. According to the Washington Post, Tellis is a well known India expert. He is likely to take over once the incumbent ambassador Richard Verma leaves the position on January 20.

"On the ambassadorial level, Trump's Asia appointments are outpacing those for other regions and include top Asia hands. Transition sources said Trump is close to selecting Ashley Tellis, a former White House official and renowned India expert, to be the next U.S. ambassador to India," said the report.



Ending all speculations on his tenure, Verma on Sunday announced that he will depart on January 20, when Trump will take the oath as the President of the US.

"Tonight I told I will depart as US Ambassador to India on January 20; it has been a great honor to serve in India, " tweeted the outgoing Ambassador, after meeting Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan.


The 55-year-old Tellis is currently holding the position of senior fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a  well known Washington think-tank. He played lead role in US' engagement with India, especially coming up with the civil nuclear agreement between US and India.

He has was born and brought up in Mumbai and completed his masters from University of Bombay. Known for his sharp insights on US-India relations, Tellis had earlier served as US National Security Council staff as special assistant to the president and also as senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia.