Indian-origin Harinder Sidhu is next Australian High Commissioner to India

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Australia has announced the appointment of Indian-origin Harinder Sidhu as its next High Commissioner to India.

Sidhu had migrated to Australia as a child with her family from Singapore. She will replace the outgoing High Commissioner Patrick Suckling.

She has previously served overseas in Moscow and Damascus.

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Australian foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop said.”India is one of Australia’s closest and most significant partners in the Indo-Pacific region. It is our 10th largest trading partner and our two-way investment is worth over USD 20 billion.”

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According to PTI News, Julie stressed that Australia would continue to push for the conclusion of a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement with India, designed to take “our economic relationship to a new level.”

“Sidhu will also have non-resident accreditation to Bhutan. Australia and Bhutan enjoy a warm relationship, built on strong people-to-people links and growing cooperation on international education,” Julie said.

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Sidhu holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics degrees from the University of Sydney.

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