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Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar discharged his responsibilities in the Indian Foreign Service for 34 years.
He was ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia and has worked in senior diplomatic positions in Indian embassies/missions in Washington DC, Brussels, Moscow, Geneva, Tehran, Dhaka and Bangkok, and also at headquarters in India. He negotiated for India in the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and in India-EU, India-ASEAN and India-Thailand Free Trade Agreements. He contributed significantly to strengthening strategic and economic ties and promoting cultural cooperation between India and USA, EU, Russia and other countries.
Ambassador Sajjanhar also worked as head of the National Foundation for Communal Harmony to promote amity and understanding between different religions, faiths and beliefs.
Additionally, Ambassador Sajjanhar has been decorated by governments of Kazakhstan and Latvia with national awards and by Universal Peace Federation, New York (a body in special, consultative status with the United Nations) with the title of "Ambassador of Peace."
Ambassador Sajjanhar writes, travels and speaks extensively on issues relating to international relations, foreign policy and themes of contemporary relevance and significance.