Darjeeling: Harsh V Shringla, a seasoned diplomat hailing from Darjeeling in West Bengal, has been appointed as the new India Ambassador to the United States. Shringla, a 1984-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, will succeed Navtej Sarna, who is scheduled to retire at the end of this year.
Shringla has had a career spanning over 30 years, and has held various positions in New Delhi and in Indian Missions in Paris, Hanoi and Tel Aviv. He has also served as minister/counsellor in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, New York and as Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Durban, South Africa.
Prior to taking up his post in Bangladesh, he had served in the ministry of external affairs (MEA) as joint secretary (director general) responsible for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Maldives.
Shringla has also headed the United Nations, Political and SAARC Divisions in the ministry.
"He is expected to take up the assignment shortly," said a statement issued by the MEA recently.