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Senior diplomat and well-known writer Mr Navtej Sarna, will replace Ranjan Mathai after Modi’s visit to the UK….reports Asian Lite

Navtej Sarna will replace Ranjan Mathai at Indian High Commission in London
Navtej Sarna will replace Ranjan Mathai at Indian High Commission in London

Writer/diplomat Mr Navtej Sarna, presently secretary (west) in the ministry, will be next top envoy to London replacing Ranjan Mathai, sources said. Other changes include Gautam Bambawale, India’s ambassador to Bhutan, will take over as High Commissioner to Pakistan from TCA Raghavan, who is retiring on December 31st.

A 1980 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Sarna has served in Indian missions in Moscow, Jerusalem, Warsaw, Thimphu, Geneva, Tehran and Washington DC. As Secretary (West), he was looking after country’s diplomatic affairs with the UK and other European nations.

Sarna has also authored many books including “The Exile”– a novel based on the life of Maharaja Duleep Singh, “We Weren’t Lovers Like That”, a novel, and a non-fiction “The Book of Nanak”

 Syed Akbaruddin, former spokesperson of MEA and Joint Secretary in the XP division and currently Additional Secretary in charge of Indo-Africa Summit to be held in October, will be going as the next Permanent Representative of India to the UN, New York. He will replace Asoke Kumar Mukerji. Vijay Gokhale, India’s ambassador to Germany, will take over from Ashok Kantha in Beijing.

Other postings include that of Anil Wadhwa, secretary (east), as ambassador to Rome and Pankaj Saran, who will replace PS Raghavan in Moscow. At ministry headquarters, Amar Sinha and Amarendra Khatua will be the next Secretaries East and West respectively. While Sinha is currently India’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Mr Khatua is India’s envoy to Argentina.

Harsh V Shringla, former Joint Secretary incharge of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar and currently Indian envoy to Bangkok, will be heading to crucial posting to Bangladesh. Indian Ambassador to Mexico Sujan Chinoy will be going as Ambassador to Japan to replace Deepa Wadhwa. However, Mr Wadhwa is expected to continue till the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe likely to be in early December.

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