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H. E. Mr. Sailas Thangal.

Mr. Sailas Thangal joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1996. Before his appointment as Ambassador of India in the Republic Of Cote d'Ivoire with concurrent accreditation to Liberia and Guinea, he served as the Consul General of India in Guangzhou. He also served as Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India in Yangon, Myanmar. He has also served as Director, External Publicity in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi (January 2010-June 2012), Counsellor at the Embassy of India in The Hague, Netherlands (December 2006-December 2010) looking after India’s interest at the International Organizations such as Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), International Court of Justice, (ICJ), Permanent Court of Arbitration, (PCA), and The Hague conference on private international law besides handling administration as Head of Chancery and bilateral political division, as First Secretary in-charge of Political, Cultural and Administration as Head of Chancery at the Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi, UAE, (2003-2006), Under Secretary External Publicity in Ministry of External Affairs Delhi (2000-2003) and as Third Secretary/Second Secretary at the Indian Embassy, Tehran (1997-2000).


During his stint as Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission in Yangon, he handled Political, Culture, Information and development cooperation projects. During his stints in the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi as Director of External publicity he worked closely with media organizations both Indian and foreign based in India. He played an important role in dissemination of information on Government of India policy on various matters.  He was also the media liaison officer to the President of India whenever the President traveled to foreign countries.


During his tenure in the Netherlands, he was actively involved in organizing Pravasi Diwas in the Netherlands, and a Festival of India in the Netherlands. The Festival organized in coordination with the Concertgebouw, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India and many other art organizations, was one of  the largest India Festival ever held in that country which showcased the best of Indian culture in the Netherlands.


Mr. Sailas Thangal holds Master Degree in Science (M.Sc. Geology) from the Bangalore University.  He is married to Shanngamla Thangal and has one daughter and one son. His leisure time goes to photography, cooking and music.



Ambassador Sailas Thangal joined the Embassy of India, Abidjan on 26 September, 2018