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New Indian diplomats for key countries


Indian diplomacy is preparing for new faces in key capitals this
month, as several senior Ambassadors retired, with India’s
Ambassador to Bhutan Ruchira Khamboj taking over as the Permanent
Representative to the United Nations, and India’s High Commissioner
to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami likely to be the next High
Commissioner to the United Kingdom. The two decisions are among the
first few major postings with the new Foreign Secretary Vinay
Kwatra’s stamp on them, given that they indicate a higher profile
for the neighbourhood as well. The envoys will take over from T.S.
Tirumurti in New York, and Gaitri Issar Kumar in London, both of
whom retired at the end of June, Trend reports citing The Hindu.

Two other important postings are expected with India’s
Ambassador to Japan Sanjay Kumar Verma set to take over as the next
High Commissioner to Canada, as India’s outgoing High Commissioner
Ajay Bisaria has retired. Two senior officers, including one who
has been dealing with Quad negotiations, and an Ambassador in West
Asia, are being considered for the Ambassador to Tokyo.

Mr. Bisaria, who had managed India-Canada ties through a
turbulent time, especially after a diplomatic freeze over Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments over Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s handling of the farmers’ protests, leaves Ottawa after a
rapprochement was signalled last month at the Modi-Trudeau meeting
on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in Germany, where India was a
special invitee.

If confirmed, Mr. Doraiswami, a 1992 batch officer in his early
50s who has been in Dhaka since 2020, would be among the youngest
High Commissioners to the United Kingdom, matching his counterpart
U.K. High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis, who is also much
younger than his predecessors, who will both be key in completing a
Free Trade Agreement this year. Mr. Doraiswami was earlier posted
as Ambassador to Seoul and Tashkent.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has announced
that Virendra Kumar Paul, India’s High Commissioner to Kenya, as
the next Ambassador to Turkiye (formerly Turkey), and Vishvas Vidu
Sapkal, the Joint Secretary (South) as the next Ambassador to
Peru.

While the next envoys to Thimphu and Dhaka are yet to be
finalised, India’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, Sudhakar
Dalela, an experienced hand in the neighbourhood as he formerly
handled Bhutan and Nepal as the Joint Secretary (North) is tipped
to return to the region, as are India’s Ambassadors to Vietnam,
Pranay Verma and Ambassador to Iran, Gaddam Dharmendra, who earlier
handled the policy planning desk. In Kathmandu, Mr. Kwatra’s
successor as Ambassador, former China-hand Naveen Srivastava has
presented his credentials and called on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur
Deuba and Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka last week.


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