Navdeep Singh Suri has been appointed as the new Indian Ambassador to the UAE, said sources in Indian Embassy on Monday.adding he is expected to charge soon. The 56-year-old diplomat will replace TP Seetharam, who had retired from office on August 31.
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Suri, who hails from Punjab is the grandson of popular novelist and poet Nanak Singh. Currently he is holding the office of the Indian High Commission in Australia.
He began his career in in 1983 in the prestigious Indian Foreign Service and had served India’s overseas missions in various capabilities in Cairo, Damascus, Washington, Dar es Salaam and London.
He also worked as Consul General in Johannesburg also helmed the West Africa and Public Diplomacy divisions at the Ministry of External Affairs.
He was appointed as India’s Ambassador to Egypt in June, 2012, and was instrumental in bringing an Egyptinan delegation led by Egypt’s then President Mohamed Mursi to India in March 2013.
This visit has been marked as turning pint in strengthening India-Egypt relations. He became Indian High Commissioner to Australia in February 2015.
He has been hailed for his extensive use of social media to successfully further India’s interests in international affairs and in public diplomacy, and won two international awards for his contributions.
He speaks Arabic and French, and holds a MA in Economics and has extensively wrote about India’s Africa policy, Public Diplomacy and country’s strength in its trademark IT outsourcing industry.
Suri also involved iin the English translation of his grand father Nanak Singh’s classic Punjabi novels under the collection ‘The Watchmaker’ and ‘A Life Incomplete’, respectively by Penguin and Harper Collins.
His wife Mani is working as a graphic designer and potter, the couple has two daughters.
Meanwhile former envoy TP Seetharam has bid farewell after completing a successful career in UAE reported Khaleej Times.