NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday announced the appointment of Harsh Vardhan Shringla as the next ambassador to the United States. Shringla, a 1984-batch Indian Foreign Service diplomat, will succeed Navtej Sarna.

“He is expected to take up the assignment shortly,” the foreign ministry said. Shringla is currently India’s high commissioner to Bangladesh. His place in Dhaka will be taken by Riva Ganguly Das (IFS 1986), presently director general, ICCR. Before his assignment in Bangladesh, Shringla served as India’s ambassador to Thailand. He has also served in France (Unesco), the US (UN, New York), Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City), Israel and South Africa (Durban). Shringla has served in the foreign ministry in New Delhi as joint secretary (director general) responsible for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives.

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