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Meet the Officer Who Was Key to Signing of Rafale Deal and Supply in 5 Years

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India’s ambassador to France Jawed Ashraf within the cockpit of a Rafale jet with Air Commodore Hilal Ahmad Relatively. (Photograph courtesy: Twitter) A 1991-batch IFS officer, Jawed Ashraf took cost as India’s envoy to France about two weeks in the […]

India’s ambassador to France Jawed Ashraf in the cockpit of a Rafale jet with Air Commodore Hilal Ahmad Rather. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

India’s ambassador to France Jawed Ashraf within the cockpit of a Rafale jet with Air Commodore Hilal Ahmad Relatively. (Photograph courtesy: Twitter)

A 1991-batch IFS officer, Jawed Ashraf took cost as India’s envoy to France about two weeks in the past on July 13.

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Because the Rafale soared into the skies in Bordeaux, India’s ambassador to France Jawed Ashraf was on the Merignac airport to say bon voyage. Apparently, his affiliation with the “magnificence and beast” isn’t merely in his capability because the envoy to France. He’s an individual who has seen the deal materialise and take-off inside 5 years from his tenure within the Prime Minister’s workplace as a joint secretary to his posting in Paris now.

A 1991-batch IFS officer, Ashraf took cost as India’s envoy to France about two weeks in the past on July 13. He tweeted to say, “Assumed cost at this time as Ambassador of Indian to France. A 13-hour journey from Singapore. Completely different continent, nation and metropolis. A brand new residence and a brand new workplace. Nevertheless, the identical mission: serving our nation and our individuals.”

His counterpart in India, Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain, congratulated him on his posting by replying – “Blissful first Bastille Day to my new counterpart in Paris @JawedAshraf5. India has chosen an excellent skilled to handle an distinctive relationship!”

Earlier than heading to Paris, Ashraf was India’s envoy to Singapore from 2016. This too was thought-about a vital posting as Singapore corporations are concerned in India’s sensible metropolis and urbanisation tasks and a few collaborating within the well being and tech sector as effectively. It has additionally performed an essential position in India’s affiliation with the ASEAN, a grouping important particularly as India offers with an aggressive neighbour, China.

In April, 2015 when the Prime Minister Modi visited Paris and introduced that India would purchase 36 Rafale jets in fly-away situation, the Overseas Service Officer, Ashraf, was within the PMO. The truth is, he transitioned from Manmohan Singh’s tenure to the Modi tenure within the PMO.

In October 2015, Vinay Mohan Kwatra, a 1988-batch IFS officer, was appointed OSD in PMO. After a quick transition interval, Jawed Ashraf moved on from PMO to his subsequent posting. In the meantime, India and France signed the MoU on Rafale jets in January, 2016 when President Francois Hollande visited India because the Republic Day chief visitor.

A yr later, in 2017, Vinay Mohan Kwatra was appointed as India’s ambassador to France. This time, Kwatra handed over the reins in Paris to Ashraf. He’s now envoy to Nepal, a pleasant neighbour with which India is presently going through an uneasy equation resulting from Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s apparent leanings in direction of Beijing.


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