Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar given one year extension of service

Published On: January 24, 2017 08:36 AM NPT By: Agencies

Foreign Secretary of India S Jaishankar has received an extension of service for a year. He was due to retire this month after a two-year stint.

The order came from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet for the extension of services of Jaishankar till January 28, 2018.

Jaishankar replaced Sujatha Singh as Foreign Secretary January 29, 2015, two days before the former was to retire. He is known to be close to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor of India Ajit Doval. He has served as the Indian Ambassador in China and the US.

Possible choices for the office included Secretary (West) Sujatha Mehta, Secretary (Economic Relations) Amar Sinha and Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna, Ambassador to Italy Anil Wadhwa and Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae.

(With inputs from agencies)

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