U.S. Ambassador Roemer resigns

April 28, 2011 at 11:31 PM
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NEW DELHI, April 28 (UPI) -- Timothy Roemer, U.S. Ambassador to India for the past two years, is resigning for personal, professional and family reasons, the embassy announced.

The embassy in a statement Thursday said the envoy was expected to leave in June.

"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," the Ambassador said, adding his two sons would be going to college in the next 14 months, and that he had accomplished all of the strategic objectives during his term.

"The U.S.-India relationship -- what my friend President Obama calls the defining partnership of the 21st century -- has progressed to the global stage," he said. "I am very proud to have led the team responsible for deepening and broadening the strategic partnership of this critical bilateral relationship, which is one of the cornerstones of our foreign policy."

Among major developments during his term, he listed President Obama's India visit last year, the president's commitment of U.S. support of India for a permanent U.N. Security Council seat and entering into a "strategic dialogue on Afghanistan and a new joint economic partnership for capacity building."

Although there was no connection, the resignation came as India rejected U.S. aircraft makers Boeing and Lockheed Martin in the bid for a $10 billion contract for new-generation combat planes for the Indian air force, keeping two European bidders in the running.

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