Akbaruddin named India’s permanent representative at the UN in major MEA rejig
New Delhi: The affable former MEA spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin has been appointed as India’s permanent representative in the UN in New York.
This is a big step up from Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, the position he currently holds, to get secretary-level post of India’s permanent representative in the UN, that shows the merit is one of the top considerations for posts.
As MEA’s spokesperson, Akbar has made the MEA a media friendly body, keeping alive the information stream on the country’s foreign policy through regular press briefings. It’s also known that Prime Minister Narendra Mod regards him highly.
Akbar will replace Asoke Mukerji who will be retiring. Before he joins in UN, Akbar will have to deliver India-Africa summit in October.
The government also made following reshuffle in MEA to move the IFS officers to top diplomatic posts.
Gautam Bambawale is presently serving as India’s ambassador to Bhutan and will take over TCA Raghavan as high commissioner to Pakistan when the latter retires in December. Bambawale, an expert on China, will be taking over one of India’s most sensitive diplomatic positions.
Navtej Sarna, presently secretary (west) in the MEA will be India’s next High Commissioner to London. Sarna, who was ambassador to Israel, will have just the right mix of political, cultural and diaspora skills for the job.
Vijay Gokhale, India’s ambassador to Germany will move to Beijing, after the current incumbent, Ashok Kantha retires in a few months. Gokhale is not only a China hand, having served as joint secretary in charge of China and Japan for several years, he is believed to be one of the most knowledgeable officials to be entrusted with a very complex relationship.
Anil Wadhwa, presently secretary (east) in the MEA will be India’s next High Commissioner to Rome. Wadhwa’s posting become more prominent given the level of Indian economic interests
Pankaj Saran, India’s ambassador to Dhaka will move to Moscow, after the current incumbent, P S Raghavan retires at the end of the year. Saran was believed to have played a stellar role in securing the land boundary agreement between India and Bangladesh.
Harsh V Shringla is presently serving as India’s ambassador to Bangkok and will take over Saran as high commissioner to Bangladesh. Shringla is regarded as one of MEA’s finest, and having steered India’s relations with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives for several years, has broad shoulders, with a sound knowledge of the region and its complexities.
Sujan Chinoy, India’s ambassador to Mexico will move to Tokyo, after a short extension of service of current incumbent, Deepa Wadhwa to cover Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India in November-December this year.