New Delhi: Ending weeks of speculation, the government has decided to appoint Ranjan Mathai, India`s ambassador to France, as the next foreign secretary.
Mathai will succeed Nirupama Rao, who is tipped to be India`s next ambassador to the US. Rao will succeed Meera Shankar in Washington, sources said.
A 1974 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, the exact details of Mathai`s appointment will be announced soon. The cabinet committee on appointments met Monday to finalise Mathai`s name for foreign secretary.
Hardeep Singh Puri, India`s permanent representative to the UN, and Sharat Sabharwal, India`s high commissioner to Pakistan, were also seen to be claimants for the post of foreign secretary.