Thursday, April 28, 2011


Neelam Mathews
April 28, 2011
Time: 10;25am IST

On the heels of two U.S companies- Lockheed Martin and Boeing- not being included in the MMRCA race, U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer today announced his resignation. It is not clear if the two are related.

Roemer’s appointment to India is a political one.

Ambassador Roemer’s departure, the press release says, 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.  

“During my tenure as Ambassador, the U.S. - 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,” said Roemer. 

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