India names envoy to France as next foreign secretary

08:43, June 28, 2011      

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India Monday named its envoy to France, Ranjan Mathai, as the country's next top diplomat who will succeed Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao who retires on July 31 after the latter's two-year stint.

Mathai, a 1974-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, will assume from Aug. 1 and will be there for a term of two years, official spokesperson of External Affairs Ministry Vishnu Prakash told the media.

Currently the Indian ambassador to France, Mathai had served in Indian embassies in Vienna, Colombo, Washington, Tehran and Brussels.

A postgraduate in political science, he also served as Indian ambassador to Israel from February 1998 to June 2001 and the Indian envoy to Qatar from August 2001 to July 2005, apart from a stint in Britain.

The current Foreign Secretary, Rao, was former Indian ambassador in Beijing and will be the next Indian ambassador to the United States.

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