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India’s envoy to Palestine Mukul Arya found dead in embassy; Jaishankar expresses deep shock

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Mukul Arya, India’s representative at Ramallah in Palestine, found dead on Sunday inside the Indian embassy in Palestine, the Ministry of External Affairs announced.

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It was not immediately known how Arya, a 2008-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, died. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said the Indian ambassador died at his workplace in Ramallah. They have established contacts with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to complete the arrangements for transporting the body to India.

“As soon as this painful news arrived, immediate instructions were issued from President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh to all the security, police and public authorities, in addition to the Ministry of Health and Forensic Medicine, to immediately move to the place of residence of the Indian ambassador to closely monitor the case of death,” the Palestinian foreign ministry said in a statement.

It further added that “all parties are fully prepared to do what is required of them in such difficult and emergency circumstances.”

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reacted to the sudden death and expressed his deep shock.

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Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has expressed shock over the death of the diplomat. “Deeply shocked to learn about the passing away of India’s Representative at Ramallah, Shri Mukul Arya,” Mr Jaishankar tweeted.

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Arya had served in the Indian embassies in Kabul, Moscow as well as at the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi. He also served at India’s Permanent Delegation to the UNESCO in Paris.

Arya had studied economics at the Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 2008.

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