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Jawed Ashraf to take over as next Ambassador to France

By IndianMandarins- 14 Jan 2020


The Centre has cleared appointment of Jawed Ashraf (IFS:1991) as the next Ambassador to France succeeding Vinay Kwatra (IFS;1988). Kwatra has been sent to Nepal as a replacement for superannuated Manjiv Puri.

Ashraf has been shifted from his currently responsibility of Ambassador to Singapore to France for further cementing strategic relations with the country. France is an important ally of India while Kwatra will have a tough job of handling Kathmandu, which has veered towards Beijing off-late with a Communist regime at the helm of affairs.

Kwatra will have to use his diplomatic acumen to handle Kathmandu, Jawed is expected to use his skills to take the relationship further with Paris.The government is soon expected to take a call on who goes to Washington as ambassador to replace Harsh Shringla, who takes over as India’s Foreign Secretary on January 29.

Front-runners for the coveted US post are T S Thirumurthy, Secretary, MEA and Indian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Indian Ambassador to Pakistan Ajay Besaria goes to Canada.

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