WASHINGTON, July 11 -- WASHINGTON US President Joe Biden has named Eric Garcetti, a close political ally, as his nominee for ambassador to India.

Garcetti, 50, is currently serving as mayor of Los Angeles.

The White House announced his nomination on Friday along with three other ambassadors.

Garcetti was co-chair of Biden's presidential campaign and was also part of the committee that Biden had appointed to look for his running mate. After the election, Garcetti was named one of the co-chairs of the inauguration committee. He was widely expected to get a cabinet berth and reports have suggested he was being considered for secretary housing.

Like all host countries, India would like a US ambassador to be someone with an open line of comm...