Published On: Sun, Jun 18th, 2017

Government of India appointed Mrs Reenat Sandhu as new Ambassador to Italy

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Photo 1New Delhi (Sandeep Singh Chahal) The Government of India appointed Reenat Sandhu as the country’s new Ambassador to Italy where she will take up her new assignment within a couple of days. She is a wife of Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu who is also an Indian Ambassador in Siri Lanka.Perhaps this is the first time in the history of India when both husband and wife are Ambassadors of different countries.A career diplomat, Mrs. Reenat Sandhu joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1989. She has served in various capacities in several Indian Missions abroad including Moscow, Kyiv, Colombo, New York and Geneva. She has also served in headquarters at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, on the Investment & Trade Policy, Projects, East Europe and Sri Lanka desks.Prior to this appointment, she was a Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington D.C.Born on June 7, 1964, Mrs. Sandhu is a graduate in economics from the Delhi School of Economics. Over the years, much of her work has focused on trade and commerce, including her stint in Washington in the late 90’s.She is married to Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India, Colombo and have two children

. Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu who is a  High Commissioner of India,  in Colombo was born on 23 January 1963. He did his schooling at The Lawrence School, Sanwar (HP) and graduated with History (Hons) from St. Stephens’ College, Delhi.Mr. Sandhu joined Indian Foreign Service in 1988. He served in the former Soviet Union (Russia) from 1990 to 1992 as Third Secretary (Political) / Second Secretary (Commercial). Following the breakup of Soviet Union, he was sent to open a new Embassy in Ukraine. He served as Head of Political and Administration in Embassy from 1992 to 1994.On his return to India, Mr. Sandhu served as OSD (Press Relations), Ministry of External Affairs from 1994 to March 1997. He was responsible for liaison with foreign media in India.In April 1997, Mr. Sandhu joined Embassy of India, Washington, as First Secretary (Political) responsible for liaison with the US Congress. He spearheaded India’s successful efforts to obtain a congressional waiver of sanctions imposed on India in 1998 following nuclear tests.He served as Counsellor (Political) in the High Commission of India, Colombo from December 2000 to September 2004. He also served as Director (BSM) from September 2004 to July 2005 looking after Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Myanmar in Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.In July 2005, Mr. Sandhu joined Permanent Mission of India to United Nations, New York, where he was India’s delegate to UN Committee on Peacekeeping; UN Committee on Information; UN Committee on Decolonization and Fourth Committee of UN General Assembly.Mr. Sandhu returned to Headquarters in March 2009 and held charge of Joint Secretary (United Nations) and later as Joint Secretary (Administration) heading the Human Resource Department Division of Ministry of External Affairs till August 2011. He was Consul General of India in Frankfurt from September 2011 to July He assumed his new assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India, Washington D.C on July 29, 2013.Mr. Sandhu is a grandson of S.Teja Singh Samundari and a son of first Vice Chancellor of GND University Amritsar Mr. Bishan Singh Samundari.Several leaders  Social organizations including Satnam Singh Chahal Executive Director North American Punjabi Association (NAPA)  while Congratulating the Sandhu Couple said that Sandhu Couple is a great asset not only for the people of Punjab but to all Nonresident Indians.Chahal said that Sandhu couple will leave no stone unturned to beat the expectations of the people with their work and worth

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