Ambassador Navtej Sarna to attend Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration

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India not sending any other official to Presidential Inauguration.

Navtej Singh Sarna (Courtesy of twitter)

The Indian Ambassador to the United States, Navtej Sarna, will attend Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration, in Washington, DC, on Friday.

“In keeping with the established traditions for the Presidential inauguration followed by the US, our Ambassador to the US will attend the President-elect Trump’s inauguration and related official events on January 20,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Sawrup said, adding there was no plan of participation by any senior Indian government official, reported PTI.

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Swarup also hoped that Indo-US India ties, which has got bipartisan support so far, will continue to get support from the incoming administration to strengthen the cooperation in various sectors.

Also attending the inauguration would be a teenager from Maharashtra, Oishika Neogi, 17, who would also attend a five-day Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit, reported The Hindustan Times.

Neogi, a first-year B.A. student of Symbiosis National University, Pune, will represent India at the global summit of youngsters and attend the inaugural.

“I am so excited by this rare opportunity that I couldn’t sleep for the past few nights,” Oishika told IANS while on way to catch her flight at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai.

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Among the other invitees expected for the Trump inaugural is Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Oishika, along with delegates from all other countries, will make presentations at various conferences from January 18 to 22, speaking about how the new Trump administration would affect their individual countries.

She plans to attend a special gala evening for delegates on January 21 before travelling to New York and returning home by the month-end — to prepare for another youth conference in China next June.

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The Kolkata-born Oishika got the opportunity to attend the inaugural after winning a contest at the Global Young Leaders Conference in the US in June 2015, and following her excellent performance at the Harvard Model United Nations competition in Hyderabad.