Deputy NSA Vikram Misri will be the new Foreign Secretary of the country, will take over from this date

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Vinay will replace Kwatra, who was given a six-month extension in April. The same notification said that Kwatra’s extension will now be valid till July 14. It is widely expected that Kwatra will be named India’s next ambassador to the United States. People familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity that Misri would be a natural fit as foreign secretary given his expertise on China, which remains India’s biggest foreign policy challenge.

Deputy National Security Adviser Vikram Misri, a former envoy to Beijing and an expert on China, was on Friday appointed as India’s next Foreign Secretary, according to an official notification. Misri, a 1989 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer who has the rare distinction of serving as Private Secretary to three Prime Ministers, will take up his new post on July 15, according to a notification of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. He joined the National Security Council in January 2022.

Vinay will replace Kwatra, who was given a six-month extension in April. The same notification said that Kwatra’s extension will now be valid till July 14. It is widely expected that Kwatra will be named India’s next ambassador to the United States. People familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity that Misri would be a natural fit as foreign secretary given his expertise on China, which remains India’s biggest foreign policy challenge.

As ambassador to Beijing during 2019-2021, Misri played a key role in liaising with the Chinese government after a military standoff began in the Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in May 2020. The June 2020 clashes, in which 20 Indian soldiers and at least four Chinese troops were killed, plunged bilateral ties to a six-decade low.

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