India’s New Foreign Secretary

  • Charvi

Date: 5 April 2022

The Union government has appointed Vinay Mohan Kwatra as the next Foreign Secretary of India. He has been serving as Indian Ambassador to Nepal. As per the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet Mr. Kwatra is set to assume charge on 30 April 2022, the day present Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla retires. 

Mr. Kwatra is a 1988-batch officer who had served as Ambassador to France (2017 to 2020), Deputy Chief of Mission in Beijing and Minister (Commerce) at the Embassy in Washington, DC. He had worked at the External Affairs Ministry headquarters on the policy planning desk, as Joint Secretary (Americas) and represented India at the SAARC Secretariat in Nepal as head of the Trade Bureau. 

Mr. Kwatra will supersede several officers in the 1986-87 batches, including Gaitri Issar Kumar, envoy to U.K.; Ruchira Khamboj (Bhutan); Ajay Bisaria (Canada); Jaideep Sarkar (South Africa); Sanjay Bhattacharya (Switzerland); and Sangeeta Bahadur (Malta). 

His elevation is being credited not just his seniority but to his tenure in Kathmandu and his roles as Ambassador to France, and prior to that, as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office.  Mr. Kwatra was often seen in close consultation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his initial years in office, serving as an unofficial translator to him at a pinch, given Mr. Kwatra’s fluency in Hindi, English and French. 

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