Obama to nominate Indian-American as India ambassador: congressional source

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Posted: Sep 18, 2014 1:49 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is expected to nominate a former State Department official, Richard Verma, to be the new U.S. ambassador to India, just ahead of a visit to Washington at the end of this month by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a congressional source said on Thursday.

    Verma, an India-American, served as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs at the State Department in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011. He is currently a senior counselor at the Steptoe & Johnson law firm and the Albright Stonebridge Group, a business advisory company, led by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)