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About Nirupama Rao

Nirupama Rao is named as the new Foreign Secretary of India.

Nirupama Rao Timeline

  • February 25, 2011: Nirupama Rao meets with senior Ministry of External Affairs officials to review the developing situation in Libya and the efforts underway to facilitate the assisted departure (evacuation) of Indian nationals.
  • February 8, 2011: Nirupama Rao says Pakistan's repeated rhetoric on key bilateral issues such as the resolution of the decades-old Kashmir dispute, will not help in facilitating a quick return to the already suspended composite dialogue process.

Professional Biography

Nirumapa Rao earlier served as the India's Ambassador to China. Rao succeeds Shivshankar Menon having completing his eventful three-year stint as the top diplomat. Fifty eight-year-old Nirupama Rao, a 1973-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, who has served in a number of key positions, will be the second woman Foreign Secretary of India after Chokila Iyer. She will take over the charge as the Indian Foreign Secretary at a time when India-Pakistan are going through tough times in the aftermath of Mumbai terror attacks. Prior to her posting in Beijing as Ambassador in October 2006, Rao served as Indian envoy to Sri Lanka and been country's first woman spokesperson. Previously, Rao 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).

Kathmandu visit - September 09

Nirupama Rao arrived at Kathmandu on a two-day visit. She met Nepal Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala and discussed about India-Nepal ties and bilateral issues including greater sharing of vital information between the two countries. She said India is ready to implement 34-point agreement with Nepal.

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