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Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, and the current Foreign Secretary of India

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Nirupama Menon Rao is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, and the current Foreign Secretary of India, serving the External Affairs Ministry. In July 2009, she became the second woman to hold the post of Indian Foreign Secretary, the head of Indian Foreign Service. In her career she has served in several capacities including, Minister of Press Affairs in Washington, Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow, stints in the Ministry of External Affairs as Joint Secretary (East Asia), (External Publicity) making her the first woman spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, Chief of Personnel, Ambassador to Peru and China, and High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.

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 Our concerns have been raised and we have spoken our views about the risks inherent in protectionist trends that often detract from the positive impulses of cooperation in trade and economic interaction between the two countries. I think that was also understood by the US administration in our discussions and they were agreeable to the fact that we need to discuss these issues and try to resolve them, 
— Nirupama Rao saying that India has conveyed its concerns about the H1B fee hike with Hillary Clinton / September 28, 2010
 ...the sum of the relationship is greater than its parts and what we have is growing strategic dialogue and growing partnership between the two countries, 
— Nirupama Rao saying the row over the hike in H1B Visa should be only seen a small part in the big Indo-US relations / September 28, 2010
 We have had good cooperation on this issue. The Ministry of Home Affairs and related agencies are in touch with their U.S. counterparts. We are satisfied with the progress these negotiations have made, 
— Nirupama Rao expressing satisfaction in negotiations with US to get access to David Headley / April 04, 2010
 Both the leaders stressed on continuing dialogue to resolve outstanding issues between the countries. Chinese premier clarified that recent comments in a joint statement between US and China about South Asia was not directed at India, which was appreciated by the PM. 
— Nirupama Rao on Manmohan Singh meeting Chinese premier Wen Jiabao / December 18, 2009
 Premier Jiabao further assured that China would like to pursue relations with India on the basis of equality and does not intend to interfere in the internal affairs of South Asia. 
— Nirupama Rao on Manmohan Singh meeting Chinese premier Wen Jiabao / December 18, 2009

 Paresh Barua is wanted in India for crimes against the Indian state, against Indian people and we continue to seek his apprehension... We are in touch with our neighboring countries and we expect all our neighbors to behave responsibly on these issues. 
— Nirupama Rao on Paresh Barua / November 05, 2009

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