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Govt appoints Vinay Mohan Kwatra (IFS) as next Foreign Secretary

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New Delhi: Vinay Mohan Kwatra (IFS) is the new Foreign Secretary as the Central Government has cleared his appointment to the post on Monday. According to an order from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Kwatra to the post of Foreign Secretary upon the superannuation of Harsh Vardhan Shringla (IFS) on April 30. He will be serving as the 34th Foreign Secretary of India.

Kwatra is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1998-batch. Presently, she is serving as Ambassador in Kathmandu. He holds a degree of B Sc in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (Hons) from GBPUAT, Pantnagar and a Masters in Science (MSc). He has previously served at the Ministry of External Affairs, India and the Prime Minister's Office as Joint Secretary.

Kwatra has also served as Minister (Commerce) at the Embassy of India in Washington DC from May 2010 to July 2013. Between July 2013 and October 2015, he has headed the Policy Planning & Research Division of the Ministry of External Affairs and later served as the head of the Americas Division in the Foreign Ministry where he dealt with India's relations with the United States and Canada. He has served in different positions in many of India's missions abroad and in India. Kwatra holds an experience of nearly 32 years of in a range of assignments.

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