Former envoy Hardeep Singh Puri joined the BJP on Thursday.
A 1974-batch Indian Foreign Service official, Mr. Puri said he was happy to formally join the party, which he had long admired for its strong sense of nationalism.
Welcoming him in the party fold, BJP president Rajnath Singh said, the party looks forward to utilising Mr. Puri’s experience in the areas of foreign, security and trade policies.
Mr. Puri has served in senior positions at the Ministries of External Affairs and Defence and held Ambassadorial level assignments in London and Brasilia and served as Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in Geneva and New York.
During 2011 and 2012, as Permanent Representative, he led the Indian Delegation to the Security Council. He also chaired its Counter Terrorism Committee.