Senior diplomat Syed Akbaruddin has presented his credentials as India’s new permanent representative to the United Nations to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Receiving the credentials yesterday, Ban welcomed his appointment as the top Indian diplomat to the UN and appreciated the significant role India plays at the powerful world body as a long-trusted partner of multilateral system.
The former high-profile spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs reiterated India’s commitment to the UN and assured the secretary general of his support in helping the UN achieve its ideals and priorities Ban had set out at for 2016, including that of Agenda 2030 and the quest for peaceful political solutions for all problems, an official statement said.
Akbaruddin, India’s 21st Permanent Representative at the UN, succeeds Asoke Mukerji who demitted office on December 31.
Prior to this appointment, Akbaruddin was the chief coordinator of the India-Africa Forum Summit — a milestone event with participation of all 54 African states held in October 2015 in New Delhi.
Immediately before that, he was the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs from 2012 to 2015. He is known for his effective use of social media for diplomacy outreach.