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Former envoy to open meet

Avinesh Gopal
Thursday, April 17, 2014

A FORMER Indian High Commissioner who had to leave Fiji after the first coup more than two decades ago will be back in the country this weekend.

T P Sreenivasan left the country in 1989, two years after the first coup, when the relationship between India and Fiji soured.

He will be in Sigatoka tomorrow to open the Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam's annual convention at Lawaqa Park.

Mr Sreenivasan was the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji and other Pacific Island countries from 1986 to 1989.

In a message to the TISI Sangam, he said, "I cannot believe that I have been invited to Fiji, which I left after a memorable diplomatic assignment."

"To have friends there who remember me a quarter of a century later is a rare privilege indeed.

"I have served in several other countries before and after my sojourn in Fiji but none has remembered me so fondly as the friends I left behind in this distant island," Mr Sreenivasan said in his message to the organisation.

After leaving Fiji, he served as Head of Mission for India in many countries and was India's Permanent Representative to the UN from 2000 to 2004.

During his illustrious career as a diplomat he was also the Governor for India of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Currently, he is the executive vice-chairman for the Higher Education Commission for the State of Kerala.

Mr Sreenivasan is also an adviser to Asia net — the largest Television Channel in Malayalam language and produces a weekly program on foreign affairs called Videsha Vicharan.

Organisers of the four-day Sangam convention expect a large turnout of people from within and outside Fiji for the sporting and cultural event.





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