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Syed Akbaruddin Is New Permanent Representative At UN

Syed Akbaruddin

In a ministry of external affairs reshuffle, Syed Akbaruddin, former MEA spokesperson and joint secretary in XP division and currently additional secretary in-charge of Indo-Africa Summit to be held in October, will be appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the UN, New York, thereby replacing Asoke Mukerji.

Navtej Sarna will be appointed as the next Ambassador to London, replacing Ranjan Mathai and India’s ambassador to Bhutan Gautam Bambawale will take over as High Commissioner to Pakistan from TCA Raghavan, who is retiring on December 31, 2015. Postings of Indian envoys to Pakistan, China, the United Kingdom and the United Nations have been done by the government. However, Sarna is expected to take over only after PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK in mid-November.

Vijay Gokhale, India’s ambassador to Germany, will replace Ashok Kantha as envoy to China. Other postings include Anil Wadhwa, secretary (east), as ambassador to Rome and Pankaj Saran, who will replace PS Raghavan in Moscow. According to sources, most of these positions will be taken up by late December or early January.

At ministry headquarters, Amar Sinha and Amarendra Khatua will be the next secretaries East and West wings, respectively. While Sinha is presently India’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Khatua is India’s envoy to Argentina.

Harsh V Shringla, former joint secretary in-charge of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar and presently Indian envoy to Bangkok, will be heading to Bangladesh.

Indian Ambassador to Mexico Sujan Chinoy will be proceeding as Ambassador toJapan to replace Deepa Wadhwa. However, Wadhwa is expected to continue till Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is likely to visit India in December.