Pankaj Saran is set to become the new high commissioner of India to Bangladesh.
The foreign ministry in a media release on Thursday said that president Mohammad Zillur Rahman had signed the letter of consent for his appointment.
The Indian government will finalise the move to appoint Saran, a joint secretary Indian prime minister’s office, after other official formalities are completed, the media release said.
Saran, an Indian Foreign Service officer, will succeed Rajeet Mitter, who left his office on Nov 1, 2011.
Not an unfamiliar face to Bangladesh, Saran had been posted to Dhaka early in his career in the late 1980s. He was the second secretary at Indian high commission here from February 1989 to June 1992. Later, Saran worked as the first secretary at the high commission.
In 2007, he joined on deputation as the joint secretary to the Indian prime minister with the responsibilities of external affairs.
Saran, born on Nov 22 1958, has worked at Indian missions in Dhaka, Moscow, Washington, Cairo and Geneva as well as the India’s Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.