Raveesh Kumar appointed as next Ambassador of India to Finland

WION Web Team NEW DELHI Jun 03, 2020, 02.50 PM(IST)

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. Photograph:( ANI )

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Raveesh Kumar has served for 33 months in the high-profile MEA spokesperson post. He passed on the baton to Anurag Srivastava in April this year.

The current Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Raveesh Kumar on Wednesday has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Finland.

Kumar, a 1995-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, served as the spokesperson of the MEA from July 2017 to April 2020 during which he deftly articulated India's position on several sensitive issues including last year's Balakot strike, reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir and the controversy surrounding the National Register of Citizens.

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"He is expected to take up the assignment shortly," the MEA said. 

Raveesh Kumar has served for 33 months in the high-profile MEA spokesperson post. He passed on the baton to Anurag Srivastava in April this year.

His diplomatic career began with the Indian Mission in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was also posted in Thimpu and London. While being posted in Delhi, he looked after the East Asia desk. Before being the Consul General of India at Frankfurt, Germany, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Jakarta from September 2010 to August 2013.

In Finland, he succeeds Vani Rao. Finland is an important country for India in Europe, and bilateral trade has been on an upswing in the last few years.

(With inputs from agencies)