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Lindy Cameron, U.Okay. Cyber Security Czar, to be subsequent High Commissioner to India

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LIndy Cameron. Photo: X/@Lindy_Cameron

Head of the U.Okay. National Cyber Security Centre Lindy Cameron has been appointed British High Commissioner to India, the U.Okay. authorities introduced on April 11. Ms. Cameron, who’s a West Asia, North Africa and Afghanistan hand replaces Alex Ellis, who simply accomplished three years in New Delhi, and is predicted to take up her new position this month.

Prior to her position because the U.Okay.’s cyber safety chief, Ms. Cameron was the Director General of the U.Okay.’s Northern Ireland Office. She has additionally held director-level roles overseeing operations of the Department for International Development’s in West Asia, North Africa, in addition to the division’s battle and safety divisions. Ms. Cameron additionally labored in Helmand, Afghanistan, in 2009-10, main a provincial reconstruction staff, as per her official résumé. Her present workplace , which oversees the U.Okay.’s cyber safety surroundings, is a subsidiary of GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), the British authorities’s intelligence centre.

Ms. Cameron’s appointment in New Delhi — the primary lady to carry the submit — comes on the eve of the final elections in India and months forward of a basic election within the U.Okay.

Her portfolio will contain the free commerce settlement negotiations between India and the U.Okay. The 14th spherical of commerce talks , which started in 2022, was suspended final month because of the Indian elections. Negotiations are anticipated to renew after the elections and doubtlessly earlier than the U.Okay. goes to the polls.

Ms. Cameron’s new position begins as New Delhi and London are resetting their bilateral relationship, which was marked, partly, by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s go to to London in November 2023. The U.Okay. can also be growing its defence presence within the Indo-Pacific. The U.Okay. Ministry of Defence introduced on Wednesday that it could maintain common joint workout routines with Japan and the U.S. beginning subsequent yr. Talks for cooperation between Tokyo and AUKUS (the Australia, U.Okay and U.S. safety alliance) had been additionally not too long ago introduced. The Royal Navy’s Littoral Response Group is predicted to go to the Indian Ocean Region this yr and the Carrier Strike Group, in 2025.

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