With a gentle `Namaste’ Syed Akbaruddin exits UN; TS Tirumurti goes to PMI

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Updated: Apr 30, 2020 4:21 PM

Putting in his best efforts along with his team, he conveyed India’s position which the world leaders and the UN took note of and Masood Azhar has now been declared as a global terrorist. Again, when China tried to raise the issue of Kashmir on behalf of Pakistan, it was countered by Syed Akbaruddin.

When China tried to raise the issue of Kashmir on behalf of Pakistan, it was countered by Syed Akbaruddin.

One of the country’s finest diplomat Syed Akbaruddin, India’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN), took leave from the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres via video conferencing with a `Namaste’ on his last day at work. He has kept successfully country’s position on all issues on this global platform for many years and has on many occasions bowled over the Pakistan media during press conferences at the United Nations. Akbaruddin is his typical style, with a smile has always given a befitting response to the Pakistan side on a wide range of critical issues including Kashmir, the issue of Article 370, on terrorism or matters related to the minorities.

Despite China’s constant efforts to create obstacles in India’s efforts in getting Pakistan based Masood Azhar, the leader of terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed, as a global terrorist, Akbaruddin succeeded.

Putting in his best efforts along with his team, he conveyed India’s position which the world leaders and the UN took note of and Masood Azhar has now been declared as a global terrorist. Again, when China tried to raise the issue of Kashmir on behalf of Pakistan, it was countered by Syed Akbaruddin.

The new ambassador to PMI in New York

TS Tirumurti has been appointed as the next ambassador to the United Nations and will be taking over shortly. He is currently working as a Secretary, Economic Relation in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Expert View

Says Prof Ajay Dubey, Director, Institute of Advance Studies, JNU “In the world after Corona, global order and configuration of power is going to be realigned. Institutions of global governance like the UN is going to be an important instrument for countries like India which legitimately seeks new roles and positions in crafting this new world order.”

“People like Ambassador Tirumurti’s appointment to Indian representative at UN, is very apt because he had been an outstanding ambassador and high performing Secretary of an important division in MEA. And he is a people’s diplomat, proactively reaching to constituencies, converting acquaintances in a trustworthy relationship and a part of the solution whenever approached,” observes, Dubey, Chairperson, Special Centre for National Security Studies, JNU.

According to Dubey, “Amb Tirumurti is a diplomat of the future and so untypical of a still cocooned foreign policy bureaucracy. He is the best available person to lead Indian initiatives at the UN during two years of its temporary membership in the Security Council, a crucial period for transforming world order.”

“The new ambassador is succeeding an equally competent, cool and focused Ambassador Akbaruddin who has set new benchmarks for bureaucrats to perform and deliver. Amb Akbaruddin has raised the bar for a new Indian diplomat at his position,” he opines.

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