indo-asian news service
NEW DELHI, 27 JUNE: A decision on India&’s top diplomat is imminent and the choice is likely to be Sujatha Singh, currently Indian ambassador to Germany. She is the senior-most officer in the Indian Foreign Service and will, in all likelihood, succeed foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai who retires on 31 July.
External affairs minister Salman Khurshid is understood to have decided to go by seniority and has recommended Ms Singh, a 1976 batch officer who would be the third woman to head the country’s foreign office, after Chokila Iyer and Nirupama Rao.
The appointments committee of the Cabinet is said to have cleared her appointment. A formal announcement is expected soon.
Ms Singh&’s husband Sanjay Singh was also in the foreign service and retired recently as secretary (East). She is the daughter of T V Rajeshwar, a former governor and Intelligence Bureau chief.