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Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia returns home with a promotion

Dr Sayeed will join his new post next month. His successor in Riyadh has yet to be announced but sources said the selection process has begun, reported arab.news

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Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, has been appointed to a new position as secretary for consular, passport, visa and overseas Indian affairs in India’s Ministry of External Affairs. The appointment was approved and cleared by the Indian Cabinet early this week. Dr Sayeed will join his new post next month. His successor in Riyadh has yet to be announced but sources said the selection process has begun, reported arab.news.

Dr Sayeed’s area of responsibility will include Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen and Iraq. He will also liaise on his country’s behalf with the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Arab League and the Maghreb Union.

The position is a result of Sayeed’s illustrious diplomatic career that has included a number of postings, the most prominent of which included spells as Consul General in Jeddah from August 2004 to July 2008, Consul General in Chicago, and Ambassador to the Seychelles, Yemen and, most recently, Saudi Arabia. Sayeed completed his three-year term in Saudi Arabia. He was named as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in March 2019.

Sayeed will be remembered for his gargantuan effort to repatriate Indian nationals from the Kingdom to India, an operation carried out by special Vande Bharat flights

Sayeed is a familiar face in Saudi Arabia. During his three years as Ambassador he helped to raise India’s profile in the Kingdom as he emphasized the mutual benefits the bilateral relationship can and does bring.

He was responsible for enhancing the image of his country, and of Indian professionals, through the founding of organizations such as the Saudi-Indian Business Network, the Indo-Saudi Medical Forum, and the Saudi-Indian Friendship Society. During his posting in Riyadh, and his previous one in Jeddah, huge strides were taken in the efforts to enhance the ties between India and Saudi Arabia in a variety of fields.

Sayeed will be remembered for his gargantuan effort to repatriate Indian nationals from the Kingdom to India, an operation carried out by special Vande Bharat flights.

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