Anurag Srivastava assumed charge as the new spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry on Monday.
He succeeds Raveesh Kumar to the post.
Kumar, who belongs to the 1995 batch of the IFS, held the post for almost three years
Although notified a month ago, Srivastava took charge of his new assignment on Monday. He was serving in Addis Ababa as both ambassador of Ethiopia and Indian Representative in the African Union.
Srivastava is a 1999 batch Indian Foreign Service officer.
Earlier, he headed the Political wing of the Indian High Commission in Colombo and was posted at India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations office in Geneva associated with human rights, refugee and trade policy.
In Delhi, he served as Director of Finance Division of the MEA. He also worked with the Afghanistan-Iran Division and as OSD in the XP division.
“Honoured and privileged to take over as the Official Spokesperson of @MEAIndia. I look forward to working closely with all to fulfill my responsibilities in this new role,” Srivastava said on Twitter.
An engineering graduate, Anurag Srivastava also holds a degree in business management.
He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Oxford, UK and speaks French in addition to English and Hindi.
Welcoming him to his new assignment, his predecessor Raveesh Kumar said on Twitter: “Time to pass the baton. After 33 months of an incredible opportunity to serve the nation, my best wishes to Anurag Srivastava as the next Official Spokesperson of @MEAIndia.”