Nirupama Rao
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"Nirupama Menon Rao" is a 1973 batch Indian Foreign Service Civil Services of India/officer and was Indian Ambassador to the United States . Prior to this assignment, she had served as the Indian Foreign Secretary/Foreign Secretary of India for a period of 2 years.

In July 2009, she became the second woman (after Chokila Iyer) to hold the post of Indian Foreign Secretary, the head of the Indian Foreign Service. In her career she has served in several capacities including, Minister of Press Affairs in Washington, Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow, stints in the Ministry of External Affairs as Joint Secretary (East Asia), (External Publicity) making her the first woman spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, Chief of Personnel, Ambassador to Peru and China, and High Commissioner (Commonwealth)/High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.

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What we are expecting from Pakistan is concrete, serious, substantive steps to deal with cross-border terrorism, and the question of terrorists who operate from Pakistan soil.

The international community should not ignore such continued manifestations of Pakistani irresponsibility, loose talk and undiluted hostility towards India and the continued concoction of doomsday theory to justify Pakistan's use of nuclear blackmail.

We reject such allegations, which are completely baseless and false.