New Delhi: Vinay Mohan Kwatra, the ambassador to Nepal, has been appointed the new foreign secretary of India, according to a government order issued on Monday. Mr Kwatra succeeds Harsh Vardhan Shringla who is set to retire at the end of this month.
The government of India appoints IFS Vinay Mohan Kwatra as the Foreign Secretary.
He is currently serving as India's envoy to Nepal. pic.twitter.com/xQ89PhNlnn
— ANI (@ANI) April 4, 2022
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Kwatra to the post of Foreign Secretary upon the superannuation of Shringla on April 30, 2022, the government order said.
Kwatra is serving as Ambassador of India to Nepal from March 2020. Prior to his diplomatic assignment in Nepal, he served as served as the Ambassador of India to France from August 2017 till February 2020.
Experts in Kathmandu are optimistic that the appointment of Indian Ambassador to Nepal as new Foreign Secretary could help resolve a number of outstanding bilateral issues that exist between the two countries.
After joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1988, Kwatra served as Third Secretary and then Second Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva until 1993, where apart from learning the French language, he handled work relating to the UN specialized agencies, as also the Human Rights Commission. During this period, he also obtained a diploma in International Relations from the Graduate School of International Studies in Geneva.
Between 1993 and 2003, he served as Desk Officer at Headquarters dealing with United Nations, and subsequently in the Diplomatic Missions in South Africa and Uzbekistan. Between 2003 and 2006, he served as Counsellor and later as the Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, Beijing, China. From 2006 to 2010, he represented India at the SAARC Secretariat in Nepal as head of the Trade, Economy and Finance Bureau.
From May 2010 till July 2013, he served as Minister (Commerce) in the Embassy of India, Washington.
Between July 2013 and October 2015, Mr. Kwatra headed the Policy Planning & Research Division of the Ministry of External Affairs and later served as the head of Americas Division in the Foreign Ministry where he dealt with India’s relations with the United States and Canada.
From October 2015 till August 2017, Mr. Kwatra served as Joint Secretary in the office of the Prime Minister of India.