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)