New Delhi: Pavan Kapoor, the present Indian envoy to the United Arab Emirates, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation. Kapoor is a 1990 batch Indian Foreign Service Officer. He is expected to take up the assignment shortly, an MEA release said. Kapoor has previously served as India's High Commissioner to Mozambique and the Kingdom of Swaziland and Israel from March 2016 to September 2019.
The Government has also appointed Sunjay Sudhir, IFS of 1993 batch, as the next Ambassador of India to the United Arab Emirates. Sudhir has served as High Commissioner of India to the Maldives and earlier also lived and worked in Australia, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Syria and Egypt.
It has also been announced that Dinesh K. Patnaik (IFS, 1990 batch), presently Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, will be India's next Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain.
All these appointments have come when there is a lot of churning in geopolitical situations across the globe, especially in the context of recent developments in Afghanistan and a post-Covid era when the world is facing new challenges. Russia and UAE are important players in the changing times.