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T.N. Kaul dead

NEW DELHI, JAN. 16. Mr. T. N. Kaul, former Foreign Secretary, who also served as India's Ambassador to the U.S. as well as erstwhile USSR, died today after a fall in his home at Rajgarh in Himachal Pradesh.

Mr. Kaul (82), was taken to a nearby hospital but passed away, his brother-in-law, Mr. S. N. Dhar, said here.

An Indian Civil Service officer of 1939 batch, Mr. Kaul had a very distinguished career serving as India's Ambassador to the erstwhile USSR twice, Ambassador to the U.S. and Iran and the Deputy High Commissioner in London besides being the Foreign Secretary.

He was also Vice-Chairman of the UNESCO and Chairman of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Mr. Kaul was the author of several books on foreign policy.

The President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, and the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, today expressed profound grief over the death of T. N. Kaul.

Mr. Narayanan said he was deeply grieved to learn of the demise of Kaul ``the distinguished diplomat who served the nation in various important assignments''.

The Prime Minister said India had lost a veteran diplomat.

- PTI

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