Vikram Misri appointed India's new foreign secretary

June 28, 2024 | 19:57:59

Misri is a 1989-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

NEW DELHI: Former deputy national security adviser (NSA) of India Vikram Misri was on Friday (June 28) named the country's foreign secretary. Misri would succeed Vinay Mohan Kwatra, who was given a six-month extension in March this year.

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved the proposal made by the Ministry of External Affairs for appointing Misri as the next foreign secretary. His service will begin on July 15 as the extension granted to Kwatra will end on July 14.

Misri is a 1989-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS). Misri has had the honour of having served as private secretary to three Prime Ministers - Inder Kumar Gujral in 1997, Manmohan Singh in 2012, and Narendra Modi in 2014.

Misri was born in Srinagar in 1964. He holds a Bachelor's degree in history from Delhi University's Hindu College and an MBA from XLRI.

Misri was India's ambassador to China and played a significant role in discussions between India and China following the 2020 Galwan Valley clashes.

In his early career, Misri worked at Indian embassies in Brussels and Tunis. He became India's ambassador to Spain in 2014 and to Myanmar in 2016. He has also held positions in several Indian diplomatic missions across Africa and North America.