"We have an important and growing relationship with India, as evidenced by the fact that the Secretary of State and the President of the United States were both there in the last couple of weeks," the State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said reporters on Thursday.

S Jaishankar took charge as Foreign Secretary yesterday, replacing Sujatha Singh whose tenure was abruptly "curtailed" by India.

"We appreciate the productive relationship we had with Foreign Secretary Singh and look forward to further advancing the US-India relationship with the new foreign secretary, who, as you know, we have worked quite closely with," Psaki said in response to a question.

"We will look forward to working with the new ambassador whenever they are named," Psaki said when asked about the appointment of S Jaishankar, who till early this week was Indian Ambassador to the US.

The new Indian Ambassador to the US has not been named yet.

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