Indian diplomat Abhay Thakur appointed as the next envoy to Myanmar

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Senior Indian diplomat Abhay Thakur has been appointed the next Ambassador to Myanmar and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced the appointment on March 26.

An Overview of the News

  • Thakur, a 1992-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), is currently serving as an Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry of External Affairs.

  • He previously held the position of Sous-Sherpa (deputy representative) for the G20 process during India's chairmanship.

  • Thakur's appointment underlines India's diplomatic engagement with Myanmar.

Important times for India-Myanmar relations:

  • Timing of appointment: Given the current circumstances, Thakur's selection as India's envoy to Myanmar is significant.

  • Political unrest: Mass violent protests are taking place in Myanmar following the military coup on February 1, 2021, advocating for the restoration of democracy.

  • India's stand: India advocates restoring "inclusive federal democracy" in Myanmar through dialogue and constructive engagement among all stakeholders.

Strategic Neighborhood Bond:

  • Geographical proximity: Myanmar shares a 1,640-km-long border with several northeastern Indian states, including Nagaland and Manipur.

  • Strategic Importance: Myanmar holds strategic importance as one of the neighboring countries of India.

Engagement in Global Diplomacy:

  • Participation: Thakur participated in the G20 Development Working Group meeting in Brasilia as an Officer on Special Duty (G20).

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