TS Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has been named the new Chair of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC).
Before becoming the Permanent Representative of India to the UN, in May 2020, TS Tirumurti served as Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, handling the Economic Relations portfolio (which included, inter alia, the Gulf and the Arab World, Africa, and India’s Development Partnership), according to UNSC statement.
Earlier, TS Tirumurti served at the Embassy of India to Egypt, in Cairo, at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in Geneva, as the first Representative of India to the Palestinian Authority, in Gaza, as Counsellor in the Embassy of India to the United States, in Washington DC, as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India to Indonesia, in Jakarta, and as High Commissioner of India to Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, the statement added.
Tirumurti also served as Under Secretary (Bhutan), Director (Office of the Foreign Secretary), Joint Secretary (Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar and Sri Lanka), and Joint Secretary (United Nations Economic and Social Council) during his service in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, in New Delhi, it added.
India will chair the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in January. The committee was formed in September 2001 soon after the terrorist attack of 9/11 in New York. India had chaired this committee in the Security Council in 2011-12. In 2021, India has been asked to chair three important committees of the Security Council, the Taliban Sanctions Committee, Counter-Terrorism Committee and the Libyan Sanctions Committee.