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Gaitri Kumar takes over as India’s high commissioner to UK

By IndianMandarins- 06 Jul 2020


Gaitri Issar Kumar (IFS:1986) has taken over as India’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom. She is the third woman envoy in the key post since independence after Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit and Ruchi Ghanashyam.

Soon after taking over, She held virtual meetings with Tariq Ahmad, minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Richard Moore, FCO political director, and leading members of the Indian community such as industrialist Swraj Paul and Raj Loomba.

Paul tweeted: “India has great foreign service and very bright women diplomats starting from Mrs Pandit & have had the pleasure of knowing a few. Said goodbye to Ruchi Ghanashyam and welcome Gaitri Kumar. Wish you a great stay, you will enjoy this assignment”.

Kumar was the Indian ambassador to Belgium, the EU and Luxembourg before joining in London. Kumar takes over at a time when the Boris Johnson government currently dealing with the pandemic will soon focus more on Brexit-related issues as the end of the transition period on December 31 draws near. More trade with India in the post-Brexit UK has been a key aim.

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