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1988-batch IFS officer Vinay Mohan Kwatra takes over as India’s new foreign secretary

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: According to press sources, veteran diplomat Vinay Mohan Kwatra took over as India’s new foreign secretary on Sunday, at a time when New Delhi is coping with a number of geopolitical issues, including the Ukraine crisis.

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Vinay Mohan Kwatra, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer from the 1988 batch, took over from Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who resigned on Saturday. He had previously served as India’s envoy to Nepal before taking over as foreign secretary.

“Shri Vinay Kwatra assumed charge as Foreign Secretary today morning. #TeamMEA wishes Foreign Secretary Kwatra a productive and successful tenure ahead,” MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted on Sunday.

He is well-known for his broad knowledge of India’s neighbours, as well as the United States, China, and Europe. He took over as foreign secretary at a time when India is coping with a number of geopolitical issues, including the Ukraine war, Sri Lanka’s severe economic crisis, the situation in Afghanistan, and Indo-Pacific trends.

He served as India’s Ambassador to France from August 2017 to February 2020, prior to his diplomatic transfer to Nepal in 2020. Kwatra is a career diplomat with over 32 years of experience, and from October 2015 and August 2017, he served as a Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Between July 2013 and October 2015, Kwatra worked as the head of the Ministry of External Affairs’ Policy Planning & Research Division, and then as the director of the Foreign Ministry’s Americas Division, where he dealt with India’s ties with the United States and Canada.

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