‘Enhancing developmental, economic linkages’: New foreign secretary Harsh Shringla lists priorities | Latest News India - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

‘Enhancing developmental, economic linkages’: New foreign secretary Harsh Shringla lists priorities

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent
Jan 29, 2020 01:18 PM IST

Harsh Shringla joined the IFS in 1984 and served as the ambassador to the US before being appointed the foreign secretary.

India’s new foreign secretary Harsh Shringla said on Wednesday that enhancing economic linkages, building synergies with major world powers and seeking an unambiguous approach to combating terrorism will be among the country’s priorities.

Harsh Shringla took charge as India’s new foreign secretary on Jan 29, 2020. He succeeded Vijay Gokhale, who retired on Tuesday.(PTI)
Harsh Shringla took charge as India’s new foreign secretary on Jan 29, 2020. He succeeded Vijay Gokhale, who retired on Tuesday.(PTI)

Shringla also listed sustaining a rules-based multilateral order, sharing India’s developmental experience with countries in Africa and Latin America, climate change and challenges related to the worldwide web and emerging technologies as other priorities for the nation’s foreign policy.

3.6 Crore Indians visited in a single day choosing us as India's undisputed platform for General Election Results. Explore the latest updates here!

In a statement on assuming office, he said the primary objective of the external affairs ministry and the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) is to “advance our national interests across the world and serve the people of India, wherever they may be”.

He added: “We are service providers to our citizens and our people, whether at home or abroad. Enhancing the security and prosperity of India through external ties and the well-being of all Indians, wherever they may be, is our mission statement.”

Shringla, 57, joined the IFS in 1984 and served as the ambassador to the US before being appointed the foreign secretary. He succeeds Vijay Gokhale, who retired on Tuesday.

He said that as the foreign secretary, he would work “with India’s many partners in the international system – in enhancing developmental and economic linkages, as well as connectivities, with our neighbours; building synergies with major powers; seeking a shared, undifferentiated and unambiguous approach to terrorism and the threat it poses to free societies; and sustaining the gains of a rules-based multilateral order”.

He added: “Sharing the Indian developmental experience with countries of the global south, especially with our friends in Africa and Latin America, will continue to be a priority. I look forward to the opening of new missions and the inauguration of new initiatives.”

Noted that he had entered the IFS during the Cold War, Shringla said he had become the foreign secretary at a time when “global warming has become a pressing concern”. He said, “Several other recent opportunities and challenges related to the cyber domain and emerging technologies will also receive our attention.”

He added that he would to “provide the basis for a dynamic and responsive diplomacy, one that is alive to the requirements of a new India” under the guidance of the prime minister and the external affairs minister.

Get World Cup ready with Crickit! From live scores to match stats, catch all the action here. Explore now!

See more

Get Current Updates on India News, Elections Result,Narendra Modi Oath Ceremony Live, Weather Today along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Monday, June 10, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On