February 3, 2023

LONDON: Vikram DoraiswamiIndia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom presented letters of credence to King Charles III at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, calling it a “very special moment” for him and his wife.
India’s High Commission in London tweeted: “HC @VDoraiswami presented credentials to His Majesty the King at Buckingham Palace, then hosted a Fin d’honneur. Thanks to @tariqahmadbt and many Indian and British friends for attending. @MEAIndia @IndianDiplomacy @indiandiplomats.”
Vikram Doraiswami tweeted: “A moment for a great nation. A moment that has been and will be repeated by other better representatives. And yet, a very special moment for my wife and I as we follow three ancestors to serve with the greatest proud, an incredible, heartbreaking, remarkable India.”
Buckingham Palace also announced that King Charles III held an audience with incoming high commissioners and ambassadors. Buckingham Palace tweeted: “Today the King held audiences for incoming High Commissioners and Ambassadors: His Excellency Mr Vikram Doraiswami, High Commissioner to the Republic of India. His Excellency Mr. Eitvydas Bajarunas, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania.”
Earlier on December 7, Vikram Doraiswami met with Sarah MacIntosh, Deputy National Security Adviser for International Affairs in the UK. During the meeting, both sides discussed bilateral relations and global challenges facing the world.
India’s High Commission in London tweeted: “HC @VDoraiswami met NSA Deputy @SarahMacFCDO today to compare notes on bilateral ties including defence, security and trade. They also discussed the day’s global challenges. @MEAIndia @FCDOGovUK.”
On December 5, Vikram Doraiswami announced that India is all set to resume the e-Visa facility for UK citizens traveling to India. In a video message posted on Twitter, Doraiswami said the service will be made available to citizens immediately and the dates will be announced soon. He further added that the resumption of the facility will enable friends from the UK to travel to India much more easily.
“We are rolling out e-visas again and this service will be made available to you immediately. That should make getting friends from the UK to India much easier. So welcome back, e-visas are on their way and all our other services including visas for the door remain available to you. We are looking forward to a good winter season where everyone can celebrate their festivals in India, the land of festivals,” said Vikram Doraiswami.

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