India’s envoy to Palestine, Mukul Arya, passes away; EAM expresses shock

New Delhi, Mar 6 : India’s Representative to Ramallah, Mukul Arya, an IFS officer of 2008 batch, was found dead inside the embassy premises in the Palestinian city of Ramallah on Sunday. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed shock at the young diplomat’s passing away. The EAM said in a tweet: “Deeply shocked to learn about the passing away of India’s Representative at Ramallah, Mukul Arya. “He was a bright and talented officer with so much before him. “My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Om Shanti.” Palestinian authorities have announced a probe into his death. Arya had presented his credentials to Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas on June 16, last year. He was earlier the second secretary at the Indian embassy in Kabul. He had served at the Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO in Paris and also at the Indian embassy in Moscow. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said: “The Indian ambassador to Palestine, Mukul Arya, died at his workplace in Ramallah, and we had contacts with the Indian Foreign Ministry to complete the arrangements for transporting the body to India.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants in a press statement said they received with “great astonishment and shock the news of the death of the Ambassador of the Republic of India to the State of Palestine, Mukul Arya, and we express great sadness, loss and pain at his death.” RN

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