US ambassador to India resigns

U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell is seen upon arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (not shown) in New Delhi in this June 23, 2013 file photograph. Powell has resigned and will return to the United States, an embassy statement said on March 31, 2014, following a diplomatic row that strained relations between the world's biggest democracies. The statement did not give a reason why Powell had resigned, saying only that she would retire from the foreign service after a 37 year career.

NEW DELHI: The U.S. ambassador to India says she has submitted her resignation to President Barack Obama and will retire before the end of May.

Ambassador Nancy Powell did not give any reasons for her decision, but said she had planned it for some time.

According to the U.S. Embassy web site, Powell announced her resignation in a U.S. Mission Town Hall meeting in New Delhi on Monday and said she would retire to her home in Delaware.

She took up her posting in New Delhi two and a half years ago.

She is ending a 37-year career that has included postings as U.S. ambassador to Uganda, Ghana, Pakistan, Nepal and India.





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