New Delhi: Harsh Vardhan Shringla, India’s present ambassador to the US, was today named to take over as the next Foreign Secretary from end of January 2020.
The Modi government approved Shringla’s appointment as foreign secretary from Jan. 29 next for a two-year tenure.
An alumnus of the New Delhi-based St Stephen’s College and Ajmer-based Mayo College, Shringla has previously served as Ambassador to Thailand and High Commissioner to Bangladesh, before taking over as India’s
Ambassador in Washington D. C.
He was also joint secretary in charge of the Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Maldives before becoming an Indian Ambassador. These appointments has enabled a deeper understanding of India’s neighbourhood to the foreign secretary-designate and will come in handy in his next job, as the Modi government’s major focus is on improving relations with the immediate neighbourhood.