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Pavan Kapoor appointed India’s new ambassador to Israel


New Delhi: Pavan Kapoor was on Thursday named as India’s new ambassador to Israel. He is a 1990 batch Indian Foreign Service officer.

“Pavan Kapoor, presently high commissioner of India in Maputo, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Israel,” the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

Mr Pavan Kapoor was born on December 24, 1966. His diplomatic career of two decades includes serving in the Ministry of External Affairs and the Prime Ministers Office in New Delhi. He also served in different capacities in the Indian Missions in Moscow, Kyiv, London and Geneva. A stint at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London as Political Adviser for Asia and Europe is also a part of his many achievements.

Kapoor will replace Jaideep Sarkar who was a 1987 batch Indian Foreign Service officer. In 2006, Sarkar was selected to serve as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and was serving in that capacity before being appointed as Ambassador to Israel in October 2012.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit India this year. Hence, the appointment assumes greater significance.

Mr Netanyahu will be the second Israel PM to visit India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to visit Israel following Netanyahu’s visit. Mr Modi and Mr Netanyahu had last met in New York in September 2014.(IANS)

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Narendra Modi to Inaugurate Abu Dhabi’s First Hindu Temple

As of now, there is only one Hindu temple located in UAE, which is situated in Dubai

will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons
will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons

On his next visit to the United Arab Emirates as part of his West Asia tour starting 9 February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating first-ever Hindu temple to be constructed in Abu Dhabi as reported by Economic Times.

During Modi’s visit to the oil-rich nation in 2015, around 20,000 square metres of land was allotted for the construction of a temple in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba.

According to the records, UAE is home to as many as 2.6 million Indians, who form around 30 percent of the total population of the country. As of now, there is only one Hindu temple located in UAE, which is situated in Dubai.

Prime Minister Modi visit to UAE will kick start on 10 February. After landing in Abu Dhabi, he will be travelling to Dubai the next day. On a three-day event in Dubai to which India has been invited as the guest country, Modi will be addressing a large gathering of Indians in Dubai Opera on 11 February sixth World Government Summit.

After the Prime Minister’s visit in 2015, India’s relations with the UAE have seen some remarkable advancements. On India’s 68th Republic Day celebration, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyanthe was honoured as the chief guest. Just after that visit of Zayed Al Nahyanthe, UAE initiated a USD 75 billion sovereign funds for India.
Interestingly, UAE remains to be India’s number one trading partner and the current annual trade between the two countries stands at around USD 53 billion.

Following UAE’s visit, Prime Minister Modi will be visiting two other countries in West Asia – Palestine and Oman. The visit to Palestine will be first Indian Prime Minister to the country in seven decades. Last year, Modi had visited Israel, the arch-rival of Palestine and hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a six-day visit to India between 14-19 January.

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