NEW YORK (TIP): Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri denied the reports that he has been tipped to succeed Ambassador Nirupama Rao in Washington. The Indian Panorama sources in Delhi spoke of a move to send Ambassador Puri as India’s envoy to Washington, after his superannuation in February 2013. The sources said Ambassador Puri’s performance as India’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations has been stellar, with India gaining stature in the world comity. Ambassador Puri’s deep understanding of America’s political make up and his rapport with US leaders is considered an asset which will stand him in good stead as India’s envoy to USA. But Ambassador Puri was quick to scotch the reports as “absolutely untrue”. He was categorical in his statement that he had served for 39 years and that was the end. He said he would not be interested in any government assignment or a job in private sector after he retires in February, 2013 and added he had other plans and better things to do.
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