KATHMANDU: Naveen Srivastava, an Indian Foreign Service officer of 1993 batch, has been appointed Indian Ambassador to Nepal.
He will succeed Vinay Mohan Kwatra, who assumed office as Foreign Secretary this month.
Srivastava was part of the Indian delegation that has held negotiations with China concerning military standoff in eastern Ladakh.
A statement released by India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said Srivastava is expected to take up his assignment shortly.
The announcement came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Lumbini on the occasion of 2566th Buddha Jayanti.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Indian Prime Minister Modi’s official visit to Lumbini has contributed to deepening the socio-cultural bonds and cooperation between Nepal and India.
On the occasion, a bilateral meeting held between delegations of Nepal and India discussed promoting cooperation in connectivity; early supply of fertilisers; expeditious conclusion of the revised Transit Treaty, its Protocols and Memorandum; review of the treaty of trade; additional air entry routes; hydropower generation; culture and tourism including Buddhist circuit and Ramayana circuit; education and academic collaboration; increasing the threshold of carrying Indian currency by individuals; and cooperation at regional and multilateral forums in matters of mutual interest.