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Talmiz Ahmad is next Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

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Mr Talmiz Ahmad, at present India's Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been named as the country's next Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Mr Ahmad, who will succeed Mr M O H Farook, was expected to take up his assignment shortly, a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said.

This will be Mr Ahmad's second stint as Ambassador to the kingdom, having served as Ambassador in Riyadh from January, 2000 to July, 2003. He has also been India's Ambassador to Oman and Deputy High Commissioner in Pretoria, South Africa.

Mr Ahmad, who joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1974, has served as the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs and headed the Gulf and Haj Divisions. He has worked in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas as Additional Secretary for International Cooperation and as Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA). He took over as Ambassador to the UAE in August, 2007.

In his early years in the IFS, Mr Ahmad has served in Indian missions in Kuwait, Baghdad, Sana'a and Jeddah as well as in London and New York.

Mr Ahmad writes and lectures regularly on Political Islam, the politics of the Middle East and energy security. His book, "Reform in the Arab World: External Influences and Regional Debates" was published in July 2005.

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