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Trump administration appoints 3 Indian-Americans to key government posts

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Washington: The Senate has unanimously confirmed three Indian-Americans to key government positions, including one as the Trump administration’s czar on intellectual property – an area of sharp differences between the US and India.

The Senate confirmed Neil Chatterjee as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Vishal Amin as Intellectual Property (IP) Enforcement Coordinator in the Trump administration. Krishna Urs was confirmed as the US ambassador to Peru.

A career foreign service officer since 1986, Urs – after Nikki Haley – is the second Indian-American to have been selected for an ambassadorial position by the administration.

Haley, a two-term former governor of South Carolina, is the US ambassador to the United Nations and holds a cabinet level position in the administration. She is the first Indian-American to do so in any US presidential administration.

As the new IP Czar, Amin would be responsible for enforcement of intellectual property, an area of sharp differences between India and the United States.

Amin is currently the senior counsel on the House Judiciary Committee.

Krishna Urs is currently charge d’affaires of the US Embassy in Madrid, Spain, where he was also the deputy chief of mission.

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