Abu Dhabi: Senior Indian diplomat Navdeep Singh Suri will be the new Indian Ambassador to UAE, a senior official told Gulf News on Minday.
The ambassador designate is eager to take up his new role at a time when India and UAE relations are witnessing an unprecedented upswing. “I look forward to the new assignment at such an important time in our bilateral relations,” Navdeep Singh Suri, who is currently serving as the Indian High Commissioner to Australia, tweeted on Monday.
A senior diplomat, generally in the rank of an ambassador, is called a high commissioner in member countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, a voluntary association of 52 independent and sovereign states, mostly former British colonies.
Suri will take charge in Abu Dhabi in a few weeks, said Neeta Bhushan, Charge d’Affairs at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
Suri is replacing T.P. Seetharam, who retired from service in August.
A 1983 batch Foreign Service officer, Suri has served in India’s diplomatic missions in Cairo, Damascus, Washington, Dar es Salaam and London and as India’s Consul General in Johannesburg.
He has also headed the West Africa and Public Diplomacy divisions at the Ministry of External Affairs. He was India’s Ambassador to Egypt before moving to Australia. For his innovative use of social media in public diplomacy, Suri has received wide recognition, including two prestigious awards.
An Arabic and French speaker, he has a masters degree in economics and has written on India’s Africa policy, on public diplomacy and on the IT outsourcing industry. His English translations of his grandfather Nanak Singh’s classic Punjabi novels have been published by Penguin as The Watchmaker and by Harper Collins as A Life Incomplete.