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Vedant Patel takes over as US State Dept interim spokesperson

Ned Price, who assumed office on January 20, 2021, is stepping down from his post.

US State Department interim Spokesperson Vedant Patel (Image: Twitter)

Indian American Vedant Patel has been appointed as the US State Department interim Spokesperson in place of Ned Price who is stepping down from his position, Antony J Blinken, State Secretary said in a statement.

According to media reports, Vedant Patel, Deputy Spokesperson, will be appointed as the successor till a new spokesperson is appointed.

Price assumed office on January 20, 2021. The State Department said in its statement that Price helped the US government defend and promote press freedom around the globe and modeled the transparency and openness we advocate for in other countries. "His contributions will benefit the Department long after his service," the Department added.

Cherishing the time spent together, Patel shared a farewell note on Twitter, "In awe of his unflappability, his big heart, his deep understanding of foreign policy, his fierce loyalty to the State Department and his team."

Who is Vedant Patel?

Indian American Vedant Patel was born in Gujarat. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside, and received MBA from the University of Florida.

Patel has served as US President Joe Biden’s assistant press secretary and spokesperson before becoming the US State Department’s deputy spokesperson. He has also drafted the incoming administration's messaging and image as the Presidential Inaugural Committee's spokesperson.