The US Ambassador to India has resigned his position.
According to a release issued by the US Embassy in New Delhi, “US Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer today
announced his resignation from the post of Ambassador to the Republic of India, to be effective at the pleasure of the President. Ambassador Roemer is expected to leave India in June.”
The statement says ‘Ambassador Roemer’s departure is for personal, professional, and family considerations’. “When I accepted this job two years ago, I told President Obama that I would serve for two years but that family considerations would be front and center after that,” said Ambassador Roemer. The statement says that ‘the Ambassador noted that he has two sons who will be leaving for college in the next 14 months and he would like his parents and in-laws to be able to spend more time with his children. He also stated that he had accomplished all of the strategic objectives set forth two years ago’.
The statement quotes him as saying, “During my tenure as Ambassador, the US – India defense partnership has expanded exponentially. The sale of C130J aircraft and the pending sale of C-17s strengthen the strategic partnership between our two countries, and demonstrates our enduring commitment to sharing the world’s best technology with India. Our defense partnership offers economic benefits for both India and the United States and significant job creation in both countries.
This comes a day after the aircraft pitched by US companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin failed to make the cut for the shortlist of the Indian Air Force (IAF) tender for 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA). The statement makes no mention of the MMRCA tender.