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Lord Paul welcomes Kamlesh Sharma's selection

The leading NRI industrialist says Sharma's selection will be beneficial for the 53-member grouping.

world Updated: Nov 24, 2007 16:52 IST

Leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul on Saturday said India's nominee Kamlesh Sharma's selection as the new Secretary General of Commonwealth will be beneficial for the 53-member grouping.

"I am delighted that it was done by consensus and that is what makes Commonwealth useful," Paul, also British Ambassador for Overseas Business, said.

"I am sure, Sharma, a senior diplomat, will do a great job and do good for the Commonwealth," he said. Sixty-six-year-old Kamlesh Sharma has been the High Commissioner of India to the UK since 2004. He succeeds Don McKinnon of New Zealand whose second four-year term ends in March next.

First Published: Nov 24, 2007 16:46 IST