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Pavan Kapoor appointed as new Indian ambassador to UAE

Former high commissioner in Mozambique to take up role "shortly"

Pavan Kapoor appointed as new Indian ambassador to UAE
Kapoor's diplomatic career has also included postings in the Indian Missions in Moscow, London and Geneva.

Pavan Kapoor has been named as the new Indian ambassador to the UAE.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs revealed the appointment and said he would take up his new role in Abu Dhabi, “shortly”.

A former Indian Foreign Service officer, Kapoor will be moving to the UAE from Israel where he held a similar position. Before that, he was high commissioner in Maputo, Mozambique.

Outgoing envoy, Navdeep Suri, said on Twitter: “Absolutely delighted over the appointment of my dear friend and colleague Amb. Pavan Kapoor as India's next ambassador to UAE. All the very best for taking this rapidly growing relationship to new heights. And yes, you will be busy!”

Kapoor's diplomatic career has also included postings in the Indian Missions in Moscow, London and Geneva.

His appointment caps a big week for both the UAE and India following the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was honoured with the award of the Order of Zayed from Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Trade between India and the UAE recently reached $60 billion, while more than 3 million Indians live in the UAE.