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New Indian envoy to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami arrives

  • Published at 10:05 am October 5th, 2020
Indian High Commissioner-designate to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami
Indian High Commissioner-designate to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami speaks to journalists at Akhaura in Brahmanbaria after he arrived in the country on Monday October 5, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

He says will continue to work to make the bilateral relationship stronger

The newly appointed Indian High Commissioner Vikram Kumar Doraiswami has arrived in Bangladesh to take up his diplomatic assignment.

He entered the country through Akhaura International Immigration Checkpost in Brahmanbaria on Monday morning.

Akhaura Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Nur-e-Alam, Assistant Commissioner (Land) Md Mezbah Ul Alam Bhuiyan, and Assistant Superintendent of Police (Kasba circle) Mizanur Rahman, among others, welcomed the new Indian envoy upon his arrival. 

Doraiswami is expected to take up the assignment shortly after handing over credentials to President Md Abdul Hamid.

The envoy also spoke to journalists about his assignment in Bangladesh before he headed towards capital Dhaka.

He said: "As Bangladesh is India's closest friendly neighbour, I will continue to work to make the bilateral relationship stronger. And I'm so delighted to come to Bangladesh with such a responsibility." 

The Indian northeast states are important for building stronger friendship between the two countries, he said.

When asked about the onion import from India, Doraiswami said a solution will be sought on the issue based on its demand in Bangladesh.

He said the process of emergency visas, including those for the purpose of medical treatment, will be expedited.

He laid emphasis on enhancing trade and commerce through utilizing river, railway, and road communications.

Doraiswami replaced Riva Ganguly Das, who already returned to New Delhi on October 1 for her next posting at India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as secretary (east). She was appointed as high commissioner of India to Bangladesh in March 2019.

Before being appointed as the Indian high commissioner to Dhaka, Doraiswami served as an additional secretary at India's Ministry of External Affairs, Indian ambassador to the Republic of Korea, and was also posted in Uzbekistan.

He joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1992. Before joining government service, he used to work as a journalist.

Doraiswami has a Masters degree in history from Delhi University. He can converse in Chinese and Urdu, and knows a little bit of French as well, according to Hindustan Times.

His father served in the Indian Air Force during Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971 and he had participated in the war. 

Accompanied by his wife, Doraiswami told the journalists that he can understand Bangla but cannot speak in the language.

"I want to learn Bangla and speak to you."

Ex-Indian envoy Riva joins MEA

Immediate-past Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das said she resumed her office at the MEA.

"Honoured and delighted to join today as Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. Look forward to this new role dealing with some of the most dynamic regions of the world," she tweeted after joining the office on Monday.