Ranjan Mathai to be India’s next Foreign Secretary

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 08:30 AM IST
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New Delhi, June 27: Mr.Ranjan Mathai, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer of the 1974 batch, will be the next Foreign Secretary of India, with a term of two years.

He will assume charge on August 1, 2011.

The Cabinet Committee on Appointments met on Monday to finalise Mr.Mathai’s name for the post of foreign secretary.

Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and Sharat Sabharwal, India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan , were also seen to be claimants for the post.

Born on May 24, 1952, Mr. Mathai completed his post graduation in political science from the University of Poona before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1974.

He had earlier served in the Indian embassies in Vienna, Colombo, Washington, Tehran and Brussels and worked as joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs between January 1995 to and February 1998.

He was the Indian Ambassador to Israel and Qatar, Deputy High Commissioner of India to the UK in London before becoming Ambassador of India to France

Mr. Mathai will succeed Nirupama Rao, who is tipped to be India’s next ambassador to the US. Rao will succeed Meera Shankar in Washington.

(With inputs from ANI)

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