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MEA Appoints Harsh Vardhan Singhla As The New Indian Ambassador To US

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| December 20 , 2018 , 16:54 IST

Present Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Harsh Vardhan Shringla was appointed the new Indian ambassador to U.S, on Thursday.

Shringla was a 1984-batch Indian Foreign Service diplomat. Before his assignment in Bangladesh, he served as Ambassador of India to Thailand.

According to media reports, the Ministry of External Affairs said, "He is expected to take up the assignment shortly."  

He will succeed Navtej Sarna, who will retire by the end of 2018, in Washington. In the course of a diplomatic career spanning 34 years, Shringla has held a variety of positions in New Delhi and abroad.

The diplomat served at Unesco in France, at the UN in New York, besides serving in various capacities in Vietnam, Israel and South Africa.

Shringla served in the Ministry headquarters in New Delhi as Joint Secretary (Director General) responsible for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives.

He is a graduate from St. Stephen's College in New Delhi, worked in the corporate and public sectors in India prior to joining the Indian Foreign Service.

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He pursued courses and published papers on conflict prevention, economic diplomacy and the Indian diaspora.

Shringla speaks French, Vietnamese and Nepalese apart from English and Indian languages.

Senior diplomat Riva Ganguly Das, presently Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, was appointed as new High Commissioner to Bangladesh.