Mr. Ranjan Mathai appointed India’s High Commissioner to the UK
The External Affairs Ministry appointed former Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai as India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. He succeeded Jaimini Bhagwati, who retired recently.
About Mr. Ranjan Mathai
- An IFS officer of 1974 batch, who retired as Foreign Secretary this year.
- Played a critical role in the Indo-Bangla Ganges Water Sharing accord during Sheikh Hasina’s first stint as the Prime Minister.
- Apart from serving as India’s Ambassador to France, he also had postings in Israel and Qatar among other places.
Note: The Commonwealth of Nations is an intergovernmental organization of 53 member states that were mostly territories of the former British Empire. In them, a High Commissioner is the senior diplomat (ranking as ambassador) in charge of the diplomatic mission of one Commonwealth government to another. There are a few technical differences, like Ambassadors present their diplomatic credentials to the host country’s head of state; High Commissioners are recognized to the head of government, etc.