Ranjan Mathai

  • Ranjan Mathai takes over as new Indian envoy to UK December 10, 2013

    London: Ranjan Mathai, former Foreign Secretary of India, has taken over as the country's next High Commissioner to the UK. Mathai took the office yesterday. He succeeds Jaimini Bhagwati, who retired recently. Born on May 24, 1952, Mathai joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974, after completing Post Graduate studies in...
  • Ranjan Mathai is new High Commissioner to UK October 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Former Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai has been appointed as country's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. "He is expected to take up his assignment shortly," External Affairs Ministry said Tuesday while announcing the appointment. A 1974-batch IFS officer, Mathai, who retired as Foreign Secretary on July 31 this year,...
  • Sujatha Singh takes charge as Foreign Secretary August 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Sujatha Singh, an IFS officer of the 1976 batch, on Thursday took charge as the new Foreign Secretary. Singh, 59, who was earlier ambassador to Germany, succeeded Ranjan Mathai and will have a fixed tenure of two years. She is the 29th Foreign Secretary and the third woman...
  • PMO clears Sujata Singh's name for the post of Foreign Secretary July 2, 2013

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday cleared Sujata Singh's name for the Foreign Secretary's post. Sujata Singh, currently Indian ambassador to Germany, is the senior-most officer in the Indian Foreign Service and will succeed Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai who retires on July 31. Sujata Singh, a 1976 batch officer,...
  • Sujatha Singh set to be next foreign secretary June 28, 2013

    New Delhi: 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 July 31. External Affairs...
  • Sujata Singh to be the new Foreign Secretary June 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Sujata Singh, a 1976 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, will be the new Foreign Secretary. Sujata is currently India's ambassador to Germany. Ranjan Mathai, a 1974 batch IFS officer, is set to retire on July 31, 2014 as India's top foreign diplomat. ...
  • Pakistan ups rhetoric over diplomat's accident in Delhi June 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Pakistan has upped the rhetoric over Monday night's road accident in Delhi involving its diplomat. The Pakistan Foreign Ministry has said diplomat Zirgham Raza was "harassed" and that he and his driver were physically abused. Gopal Baglay, Indian Deputy High Commissioner, who was summoned in Islamabad, was told such...
  • Bhutan: Foreign Secy to discuss India-assisted projects May 15, 2013

    Thimpu: Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai arrived here on Wednesday to hold consultations with senior Bhutanese officials during which status of India-assisted projects and other key bilateral issues will be discussed. Mathai is scheduled to meet the Chief Adviser of the Interim Government Lyonpo Sonam Tobgay and call on the King...
  • Will continue to buy oil from Iran: India April 11, 2013

    Berlin: Notwithstanding severe economic sanctions slapped by the US and UN against Iran, India will continue to buy oil from "vital supplier" Iran, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said on Thursday. "We will continue to buy oil from Iran," Mathai said adding that the recent decline in oil import from Iran...
  • Watching situation in Korean peninsula 'very carefully': India April 8, 2013

    New Delhi: As tensions mount in the Korean peninsula, India on Monday said it was watching the situation 'very carefully'. Noting that Joint Secretary in foreign ministry's East Asia division, Gautam Bambawale, was just back from a visit to North Korea, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said,"We will conduct a review...
  • NIA to file FIR against Italian Marines in special court April 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will present an First Information Report (FIR) against the marines to a special court in New Delhi's Patiala house on Friday. The marines are accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala in 2012. Days after the Ministry of Home...
  • Marines were willing to return to India: Italian Defence Minister March 29, 2013

    Rome: An emotional Italian Defence Minister Giampaolo Di Paola has said that the two Italian marines who were sent back to India to face trial for the killing of Indian fishermen did so willingly. Italian marines - Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone - were sent back to India on March...
  • India demands Italian marines be sent back March 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday scrambled to react to Italy's sudden decision of not sending back two of its marines, who have been charged with the murder of two Kerala fishermen, and said the move was not "acceptable" to India. The government also urged Italy to "honour the commitment"...
  • Fishermen killings: Italy's decision to not send back marines sparks off diplomatic row March 13, 2013

    The Italian envoy met the Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Matha, hours after the country refused to return the two marines charged with murder of two Kerala fishermen. Earlier at a meeting with a group of MPs from Kerala, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the move "unacceptable". ...
  • President's meeting with Zia called off due to security concerns: Ranjan Mathai March 4, 2013

    Bangladesh's key Opposition leader Khaleda Zia cancelled a plan meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday even as fresh violence marred his first foreign trip since taking over presidency. "We had fixed a time for Khaleda Zia to call on the President. The President was in fact looking forward to...
  • Pranab Mukherjee's Bangladesh trip begins on Sunday March 3, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee is visiting Bangladesh on March 3-5 in a trip that is expected to take bilateral relations between the two neighbours to new heights. Mukherjee, in his first trip abroad after assuming presidency, is accompanied by Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and four MPs....
  • President Pranab to visit Bangladesh from March 3 to 5 March 2, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee is visiting Bangladesh on March 3-5, 2013 in a trip that is expected to take bilateral relations between the two neighbours to new heights. Mukherjee, in his first trip abroad after assuming presidency, will be accompanied by Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and...
  • Kerry expresses sympathy with victims of Hyderabad blasts February 22, 2013

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday made his maiden tweet to express sympathies with the people of Hyderabad, the venue of twin blasts that killed nearly a dozen people. "Saw friend/Foreign Secretary Mathai discussed importance of relationship w/ #India, expressed sympathies to brave people of #Hyderabad -JK,"...
  • Kerry meets Mathai, reaffirms importance of US-India ties February 22, 2013

    Washington: Newly appointed US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday met visiting Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and stressed that there would be no change in India-US relationship, which he is looking forward to take a step forward during his stint at the Foggy Bottom. During his brief meeting with Mathai,...
  • Relations with Russia key priority: India November 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Barely a month before Russian President Valdimir Putin's visit, India has sought to dispel doubts about any stress in bilateral ties, saying Russia remained a key priority for India's foreign policy and sought greater economic ties with Moscow. Speaking at the sixth India-Russia dialogue earlier this week, Foreign Secretary...
  • US courts India, says sensitive weapons tech deals no taboo July 24, 2012

    "India deserves the best of military equipment and the US wants to be a quality supplier of equipment and technology to India," said Dr Ashton Carter, the visiting US deputy defense secretary, after consultations with National Security Adviser SS Menon and foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai. The US Defense Department, he...
  • MEA to induct 500 officers to meet acute shortage July 13, 2012

    New Delhi: With India's international engagements expanding at a rapid pace, the Ministry of External Affairs is facing an "acute shortage" of personnel and is planning to induct 500 officers in the next few years to meet its requirements. "We have been hearing repeatedly about how small the ministry is and...
  • Jundal, 26/11 dominate Krishna-Khar meeting July 8, 2012

    Tokyo: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna met his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar on Sunday during which he strongly raised the issue of anti-India activities being carried out from the Pakistani soil, maintaining that New Delhi has given additional concrete evidence of the same. Krishna, who met Khar on the sidelines...
  • SM Krishna to visit Pakistan in September July 6, 2012

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Thursday said he hopes to visit Islamabad in the first week of September for official talks and the dates will be decided by the foreign secretaries of the two countries. "We are looking for dates in the first week of September," Krishna told...
  • News 360: Pak rules out state role in 26/11, offers joint probe July 5, 2012

    The Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary level talks ended on Thursday with Pakistan stating that it was not involved in any terror act in India. ...
  • India raises Jundal, Pak says it needs evidence July 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Arrested Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative and 26/11 handler Abu Jundal was in focus during the India-Pakistan talks that concluded on Thursday. The neighbouring nation asked for evidence that Jundal was a Pakistan-backed terrorist. It also denied that state actors were involved in the Mumbai attacks. Clearly, India's pressure on 26/11...
  • Full text: India, Pakistan joint statement July 5, 2012

    New Delhi: The Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary level talks ended on Thursday morning with Pakistan proposing a joint investigation into the 26/11 Mumbai carnage and categorically stating that Pakistan has not been involved in any terror act in India. Addressing a press conference after the talks, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani...
  • 26/11: Pak rules out state role, offers joint probe July 5, 2012

    New Delhi: The Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary level talks ended on Thursday morning with Pakistan proposing a joint investigation into the 26/11 Mumbai carnage and categorically stating that Pakistan has not been involved in any terror act in India. Addressing a press conference after the talks, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani said,...
  • 26/11, Jundal's role to dominate Indo-Pak talks July 4, 2012

    New Delhi: Terrorism and 26/11 Mumbai attacks will dominate the two-day Foreign Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan, which started at New Delhi's Hyderabad House on Wednesday. Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai will forcefully raise the role of Pakistani state agencies in helping terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba carry out the November...
  • 'Pak will support India in its ant-terror fight' July 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani on Tuesday said that Islamabad will support India in its fight against terrorism. The official, who reached Wagah border at 12 noon on Tuesday, said, "Pakistan will support India in its fight against terrorism." When asked whether there was any likelihood of Indian prisoner Sarabjit...