India’s new envoy to Bahrain expected to assume office after 10-day quarantine

Piyush Srivastava takes over from Alok Kumar Sinha who left Bahrain earlier this year


India's new ambassador to Bahrain has arrived.

Piyush Srivastava landed at Bahrain International Airport yesterday and is expected to assume office after the mandatory 10-day quarantine as part of Bahrain’s health protocol for Covid-19.

Mr Srivastava was announced as India’s envoy to the kingdom in April.

A career-diplomat who joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1998, he was formerly joint secretary in India’s External Affairs Ministry.

Mr Srivastava arrived on an Air India flight which returned later yesterday as part of the Vande Bharat Mission, India’s evacuation mission for its nationals impacted by Covid-19.

The new envoy takes over from Alok Kumar Sinha who left Bahrain earlier this year.

He has earlier served in PAI (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran) and southern divisions of the ministry.

He has also served in senior positions in Indian embassies in Germany, Bhutan, Nepal and in the Indian High Commission in Ghana in different wings – political, commercial and economic co-operation, information and media, among others.

Mr Srivastava has acquired rich experience and knowledge of India’s neighbourhood, extended neighbourhood (South East Asia and Pacific) and economic diplomacy.

During his tenure as deputy chief of mission at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, he co-ordinated the Indian government’s relief and rescue efforts in the wake of the major earthquake in Nepal in April 2015.

He has also served as joint secretary in the country’s premier foreign policy think tank, the Indian Council of World Affairs.

Mr Srivastava holds BTech and MTech degrees in materials and metallurgical engineering from IIT Kanpur.

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