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Nirupama Rao to be next Foreign Secy
Ashok Tuteja
Tribune News Service

Nirupama RaoNew Delhi, June 30
Sticking to the principle of seniority, the government today cleared the appointment of India’s Ambassador to China Nirupama Rao as the next Foreign Secretary to succeed Shiv Shankar Menon who retires on July 31.

An ace diplomat, Rao is a 1973 batch IFS officer who has served the country well in some of the most challenging diplomatic assignments.

Rao’s batchmate and Secretary (West) in the External Affairs Ministry Nalin Surie was also said to be in the reckoning for the coveted post but the government decided to adhere to the seniority formula, perhaps drawing lesson from what had happened when Menon was made the Foreign Secretary in 2006, superseding more than 15 of his seniors. Some of those affected even went to the court.

Wife of IAS officer Sudhakar Rao, who is currently Chief Secretary of Karnataka, Rao will be the second woman Foreign Secretary after Chokila Iyer.

Prior to her posting in Beijing as Ambassador in October 2006, the 58-year-old diplomat, who is also a part-time poet and hobby singer, had served as Indian envoy to Sri Lanka and the first woman spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry.

Earlier, she had served in the Indian Missions in Washington and Moscow besides having a stint in the Ministry of External Affairs as Joint Secretary (East Asia).

Born in Kerala on December 6, 1950, Rao will be the Foreign Secretary for about 17 months.

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