India appoints new ambassador in UAE

Pavan Kapoor, the new envoy, has spent the past three years in the Middle East

Pavan Kapoor, the UAE's new Indian ambassador. Courtesy Pavan Kapoor Twitter
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The UAE will  have a new Indian ambassador, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said on Wednesday.

Pavan Kapoor will take up the role in Abu Dhabi "shortly",  said the ministry.

Mr Kapoor, a former Indian Foreign Service officer, will be moving to the UAE from Israel, where he spent three years as an ambassador. Prior to that post, he was high commissioner in Maputo, Mozambique.

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

On Wednesday, Navdeep Suri, the outgoing envoy, welcomed his colleague.

"All the very best for taking this rapidly growing relationship to new heights. And yes, you will be busy," Mr Suri, who took up the post in December 2016, said on Twitter.

Ties between India and the UAE have grown closer over the past few years  after visits  from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with pacts signed in sectors from energy and ports to defence, security and space co-operation.

Mr Modi was awarded the prestigious Order of Zayed medal for fostering stronger bilateral relations and held talks last weekend with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

It was Mr Modi's third visit to the country in the past four years.

Sheikh Mohamed was the chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations in 2017, his second state visit in less than a year.