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MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi ‘set to be’ India’s envoy to the UN

Bagchi earlier served at India’s permanent mission to the UN in New York

External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi is set to take over as India’s new permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations in Geneva, people familiar with the matter said, a report in the Hindustan Times said late on Thursday.

Among the diplomats being considered to replace Bagchi as the foreign ministry’s spokesperson are Nagaraj Naidu Kakanur, joint secretary (G20), and K Nandini Singla, high commissioner to Mauritius, HT reported.

Bagchi, from the 1995 batch of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), took over as spokesperson in March 2021 and has had an eventful stint that spanned the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and India’s standoff with China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

He had been due to take up an ambassadorial posting following his promotion to the rank of additional secretary some time ago but was asked to stay on till the holding of the G20 Summit.