Indian origin Vedanta Patel to become interim spokesperson of US state department


Indian origin Vedanta Patel to become interim spokesperson of US state department

Ned Price stepping down from his position this month, Vedant Patel, an Indian American, will become the interim spokesperson of the US State Department.


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that Patel will take over the position of interim spokesperson.


Price will continue to work directly for Antony Blinken at the State Department.


According to a statement, on January 20,2021 Ned Price started working as a US Department of State spokesperson


Blinken said that Price started holding Department's daily press briefings within days of taking on the role, and has held over 200 briefings since then.


Ned Price has helped the government in defending and promoting press freedom around the world and modelled the transparency and openness that the US advocates for other nations, said Antony Blinken.


He also said that Price has been a face and voice of US foreign policy and performed with extraordinary professionalism and integrity. He also thanked Ned Price for his remarkable service.


The replacement of Price is not yet announced but Patel will take charge in the interim.


"Always have been in awe of Ned Price. In awe of his unflappability, his big heart, his deep understanding of foreign policy, his fierce loyalty to the State Department and his team. Thankful to have spent time in the foxhole with him, and so glad he's not going far!" tweeted Patel.


Patel was born in India and raised in California. He is a graduate of the University of California-Riverside and the University of Florida.


Patel has worked as an Assistant Press Secretary and spokesperson for President Biden.


Patel has worked on several political campaigns which include Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Congressman Mike Honda. In these campaigns he served as Communications Director. His experience in shaping the public image of political candidates and officials has made him a valuable asset to the Democratic Party.


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