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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Shivshankar Menon is new National Security Adviser

New Delhi, Jan 21 (PTI) High profile former Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon was today named as the new National Security Adviser (NSA) to succeed M K Narayanan.

The 60-year-old career diplomat will be in the rank of Minister of State, according to the decision of the Appointments Committee of Cabinet.

Menon, who brings with him vast experience in the diplomatic field, had played a key role in the negotiations on the historic Indo-US civil nuclear deal and in ending India's isolation in the atomic sector.

He served as Foreign Secretary for about three years before retiring on July 31 last year. Prior to it, he had a crucial three-year stint as High Commissioner to Pakistan and his tenure saw an upswing in the bilateral ties marked by the progress in composite dialogue process.

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