riyadh [Saudi Arabia]January 17 (ANI): India’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Suhel Ajaz Khan, took up his new post on Monday.
According to the Indian embassy, the ambassador started his day at the Indian embassy after presenting his credentials to the Saudi foreign ministry, where he was received at the protocol section of the Saudi foreign ministry.
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He also paid tribute to a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
“Ambassador HE Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan @SuhelAKhanIFS took on responsibilities at the embassy today. He started his first day by unfurling the tricolor flag,” tweeted @IndianEmbRiyadh, the Indian embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Earlier on Monday, the ambassador handed over a copy of his credentials to the chief of protocol at the foreign ministry to begin his mission in Saudi Arabia.
Dr Khan was an officer in the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997 and was the Indian Ambassador to Lebanon.
“Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan (IFS: 1997), the current Ambassador of India to the Republic of Lebanon, has been appointed as the next Indian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the MEA said in a statement in December.
According to the MEA, his first foreign assignment was at the Indian Embassy in Cairo, and between 1999 and 2001, he obtained an advanced diploma in Arabic from the American University in Cairo, among other duties at the embassy.
From 2002 to 2005, he served at the Indian Embassy in Damascus, handling administrative, journalistic and political matters. His next assignment was as Consul at the Indian Consulate General in Jeddah from 2005 to 2008, where he handled several issues including Hajj matters and pilgrimage arrangements for Indian pilgrims.
Suhel Khan later worked as Deputy Secretary at the WANA (West Asia and North Africa) Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2008 to 2009, and then worked at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad from 2009 to 2011, handling visa and consular matters.
From 2011 to 2013, Khan served as chief of staff to Foreign Minister E. Ahamed.
Khan was a member of the United Nations Pension Board in 2016 and 2017. He worked at the Indian Embassy in Riyadh from September 2017 to June 2019 as Deputy Chief of Mission, Ambassador, etc. (Arnie)
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