1989 batch IFS officer Mr Saurabh kumar, was appointed as the next Indian Ambassador to the country of Iran on Monday 25th May 2015. He is at present posted as Joint Secretary in National Security Council Secretariat. He is expected to join soon.
India had signed an important agreement with Iran for the development of strategically important Chabahar port that will give India sea-land access route to Afganistan bypassing Pakistan. Previous Indian Ambassador to Iran was DP Srivastava.
About Indian Foreign Services or IFS
- IFS is administrative,diplomatic civil services under Group A and Group B of the Central Civil services of Government of India.
- It was formed on 9th October 1946.
- Head quarters is in New Delhi.
- Officers of IFS are recommended by Union Public Service Commission UPSC.
- Training ground is FSI or Foreign Service institute, New Delhi.
- Controlling authority is Ministry of External Affairs.
- Roles of IFS officer is in the bilateral political and economic co-operation, investment and trade promotions,cultural activities, press and media liasions etc.
- IFS day is celebrated on 9th October every year, to commemorate the day Indian Cabinet created IFS .
- Some previous Indian Ambassadors to Iran are Aspy engineer, Triloki Nath Laul, Ram Sathe, and Syed Ali Zaheer
Port of Chabahar – some informations
- It is a sea port in Chah Bahar in southeastern Iran.
- In the 1990s the port was built by India to provide access to Afganistan and Central Asia bipassing Pakistan.
- Shahid- Kalantry port is one of the 2 major ports in Chabahar.
- This port will connect to trans-Iranian railway with the finishing of Kerman- Zahedan railway and its connection to Chabahar port.
- Ambassador refers to official envoy, a high ranking diplomat.
- The term equivalent to Ambassadors is High Commissioners in Common Wealth nations.
- The host country allows the Ambassador control of specific territory called as Embassy.