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New Indian envoy in Kathmandu
Posted:Mar 25, 2017
 
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India's new Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri arrived here Saturday to begin his tenure repair a relationship that had been frayed in the past year. 
 
 Puri, who was so far Indian envoy to Belgium and is India's 24th Ambassador to Nepal, succeeds Ranjit Rae who had completed his three-and-a-half year term on February 28.
 
 India is not only a close neighbour of Nepal but due to the open border, its political, social, economic, security and other concerns remain high in Kathmandu. Also a stakeholder in Nepal's ongoing peace process, India's role is always crucial given the uncertain political situation prevailing now in Nepal as the country braces to hold three elections this year in the midst of standoff with the Madhes-based parties. 
 
 Puri, an Indian Foreign Service officer of the 1982 batch, has served as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in New York from 2009 to 2013. He was a senior member of India's Security Council team during the years 2011-2012, when India served on the Security Council.
 
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