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Harsh Vardhan Shringla named as next Foreign Secretary
New Delhi, December 23, 2019
Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the Indian Ambassador to the United States of America, will be the new Foreign Secretary, an official announcement said here today.
"The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla (IFS: 1984), Ambassador in Washington D. C., as Foreign Secretary with effect from 29.01.2020 upon completion of two-year term of Shri Vijay Keshav Gokhale as Foreign Secretary on 28.01.2020," a notification from the Department of Personnel & Training said.
Shringla, who belongs to the 1984 batch of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), has, during his career spanning 35 years, held a variety of positions in New Delhi and abroad.
He served as High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh and Ambassador of India to Thailand. He has also served in France (UNESCO); USA (UN, New York); Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City); Israel and South Africa (Durban).
In Delhi, Shringla has served in the Ministry of External Affairs as Joint Secretary (Director General) responsible for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives. He has also headed the United Nations Political and SAARC Divisions in the Ministry. Earlier, he served as Director of the Northern Division dealing with Nepal and Bhutan and as Deputy Secretary of the Europe West Division.
An alumnus of St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, Shringla had worked in private and public sector companies before joining the IFS. He has pursued courses and published papers on conflict prevention, economic diplomacy, the Indian diaspora and India-Bangladesh relations.
He speaks French, Vietnamese and Nepalese apart from English and Indian languages.
He had assumed charge as Ambassador to the United States on January 9, 2019. He presented his credentials to US President Donald J. Trump on January 11.
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