Garcetti Fields Questions As Senate Considers Him For Ambassador To India

Prior to attention for appointment as U.S. ambassador to India, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke back questions at the Senate flooring, Tuesday.

Garcetti accredited his nomination from President Joe Biden again in July, and on Tuesday shared the ground with Donald Blome, who was once nominated for ambassador to Pakistan and Dr. Amy Gutmann, who was once nominated for ambassador to Germany.

Prior to the listening to, Garcetti penned a letter to the U.S. Senate, pronouncing, “Few countries are extra essential to the way forward for American safety and prosperity than India. If showed, I stay up for development at the paintings of my predecessors to lift our partnership to new heights.”

Garcetti was once presented to the Senate Overseas Members of the family Committee by means of Senator Alex Padilla, who mentioned mentioned that Garcetti’s dedication to “problems from local weather to human rights shall be instrumental in his new position as ambassador to India.”

“India’s a important spouse at the entrance strains of lots of the international’s greatest demanding situations from COVID, to local weather exchange, to nationwide safety,” Padilla mentioned. “Our shut cooperation will lend a hand reinforce international safety, struggle the local weather disaster and additional financial expansion.”

The committee highlighted key problems associated with India, pronouncing that as ambassador, Garcetti must cope with local weather exchange tasks, India’s loss of get entry to to electrical energy, dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic and “issues” of India buying army {hardware} from Russia.

“I be expecting you to be frank along with your Indian opposite numbers, no longer simply at the spaces of cooperation, but additionally on those variations, all of which might be bipartisan priorities for this committee” Senator Bob Menendez mentioned. “New Delhi will wish to cope with our issues if it seeks to deepen our partnership even additional. Having you in position in India, Mayor Garcetti, shall be important to advance U.S. passion on those problems and lots of others.”

The committee additionally requested about allegations that Garcetti was once acutely aware of sexual harassment going on inside of Los Angeles Town Corridor.

The allegations got here towards Garcetti’s former consultant Rick Jacobs who was once accused of irrelevant touching by means of a number of males in 2020, in keeping with a record  by means of the L.A. Occasions.

Garcetti minimize ties with Jacobs, however remains to be accused of realizing what were taking place.

“Merely mentioned… harassment and discrimination haven’t any position within the place of work, no position in our society and I’ve 0 tolerance for that,” Garcetti mentioned. “With regard to this explicit case, I need to say unequivocally that I by no means witnessed, nor was once it delivered to my consideration, the habits that’s been alleged. I additionally need to guarantee you that if it were, I’d have right away taken motion to forestall that.”

Further questions shall be given to the nominees, with a listening to to imagine pending nominations anticipated within the coming days.

Updated: December 21, 2021 — 10:51 pm