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Burns appoints Indian as advisor

The US Under Secretary for Political Affairs has appointed Mumbai-born security expert Ashley Tellis as advisor.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 10:56 IST

US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, currently in New Delhi for talks, has appointed Mumbai-born national security expert Ashley Tellis as his advisor.

Tellis, who is now senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is taking a two-month leave of absence to join President George W Bush's point man for nuclear cooperation with India.

This comes at a time when the two sides are finalising details of the civilian nuclear agreement ahead of Bush's visit to India.

Tellis has been at the forefront of experts that support the India-US agreement and he is among the few to know the minutia of India's nuclear capabilities and limitations.

As senior advisor to Burns, Tellis will work to support various State Department activities relating to US-India relations.

His temporary leave would be effective immediately, the Carnegie Endowment said.

"The Carnegie Endowment recognises the great importance of President Bush's visit to South Asia and US relations with India and Pakistan, so we are glad to contribute to this end by making Ashley J Tellis' great talents available to the administration," it said.

Tellis served previously on the National Security Council staff as senior director for Strategic Planning and Southwest Asia, and as senior advisor to former ambassador Robert Blackwill at the US embassy in New Delhi.

He also authored the book "India's Emerging Nuclear Posture".

First Published: Jan 20, 2006 10:56 IST