The new Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, has taken charge of his post at India House in London. The seasoned diplomat with a career spanning over 35 years holds the rank of Secretary to the Government of India and has handled several important assignments at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi and at Indian diplomatic missions in South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, South America and the Permanent Mission of India at the United Nations in New York.
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Before his current posting, which he officially took over on Wednesday, Sinha was High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka. The 58-year-old post-graduate in History from Delhi University, previously as Additional Secretary, headed the important Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran Division at the MEA for almost four years.
He was Ambassador of India to Venezuela from January 2007 to August 2009 and Consul General of India in Dubai from August 2003 to December 2006.
Earlier, he served as Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi (UAE) from March 2002 to July 2003, according to the official profile released on the Indian High Commission website in the UK.
Having joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981, Sinha has represented India at numerous international and regional conferences and meetings.