The Indian envoy to the U.S., Nirupama Rao, bid farewell to her career of diplomacy, as members of the American diplomatic corps and her Chinese and Brazilian counterparts attended a reception hosted by the State Department here on Monday.

“It is difficult to imagine that so much time has passed,” she told the audience at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department on the last day of her assignment. Ms. Rao, 62, served as Foreign Secretary, spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry and envoy to China and Sri Lanka in four decades as a diplomat.

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