MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup appointed India’s envoy to Canada

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New Delhi | Updated: February 16, 2017 6:37:02 PM

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup has been appointed as India's High Commissioner to Canada today.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup. (PTI)Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup. (PTI)

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup has been appointed as India’s High Commissioner to Canada today. He had succeeded Syed Akabarudddin as MEA spokesperson in April 2015, who is currently serving as India’s Permanent representative in the United Nations.

The 1986 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer had served the country’s in several embassies including US and Turkey. Vikas Swarup who has also written few books is best known for his novel ‘Q&A’ which was later adopted into a movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. The film had won awards at several platforms.

Speaking to the media persons yesterday, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup had dismissed the Chinese protest against the visit of a Taiwanese parliamentary delegation in the country, and said that there was nothing unusual in it and no “political meanings” should be read. He further said that such informal groups have visited the country earlier also for business, religious and tourist purposes.

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India’s reaction had come after China had said in Bejing that it has lodged a diplomatic protest with India for hosting a Taiwanese parliamentary delegation and asked New Delhi to deal carefully with Taiwan-related issues to maintain sound China-India relationship.

Vikas Swarup will replace Arun Kumar Sahu who is now acting Indian High Commissioner to Canada.

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