THE government on Monday appointed Navdeep Singh Suri, 1983 batch lFS officer and India’s current high commissioner to Australia, as the next ambassador to United Arab Emirates (UAE). That Suri knows Arabic language, will be a bonus in discharging his duties in this Arab country. Here are 10 things you may like to know about this senior diplomat:
1. Suri, 57, joined Indian Foreign Service in 1983.
2. Hailing from Amritsar in Punjab, he is the grandson of noted Punjabi novelist and poet Nanak Singh.
3. Suri studied MA in economics in Amritsar’s Guru Nanak Dev University before getting selected as a diplomat.
4. Among the Indian diplomatic missions that Suri had served included Cairo, Damascus, Washington DC, London and Johannesburg.
5. He served as India's ambassador to Egypt (June 2012 – March 2015) before getting posted as India’s high commissioner to Australia in March last year.
6. He served as joint secretary (public diplomacy) in the ministry of external affairs in New Delhi between 2010 and 2012.
7. Like other IFS officers, he has learnt two foreign languages— Arabic and French. His knowledge of Arabic may come handy in his new posting in UAE now.
8. Suri has written on India’s Africa policy and also on IT outsourcing industry.
9. He has translated his grandfather Nanak Singh’s Punjabi novels into English. Those novels in English are “Saintly Sinner”, “The Watchmaker” and “A Life Incomplete”.
10. Married to Mani who is a graphic designer and potter, the couple has two daughters — a journalist and an environmentalist.