Mukul Arya, India’s representative at Ramallah, passes away

Mukul Arya, India’s representative at Ramallah in Palestine, passed away on Sunday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said.

“Deeply shocked to learn about the passing away of India’s Representative at Ramallah, Shri Mukul Arya,” Jaishankar tweeted. “He was a bright and talented officer with so much before him. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Om Shanti,” he said.

It was not immediately known how he died.


Arya, a 2008-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, had served in the Indian embassies in Kabul and Moscow. He also served at the Permanent Delegation of India to the UNESCO in Paris. Arya also had a stint at the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.

He studied economics at the Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University before joining the Indian Foreign Service.

The top leadership of Palestine on Sunday expressed shock at the death of India’s Representative to the State of Palestine Mukul Arya at his workplace.

On this sad occasion, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Dr Riyad Al-Maliki extends his heartfelt condolences and sincere sympathy to his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar and through him to the friendly Indian government, the family of Representative Arya and his relatives.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, in a statement, also expressed its deep sadness, loss, and pain at the death of Representative Arya.

The ministry said it is conducting its official contacts with the Indian Foreign Ministry to complete the arrangements for transporting the body of the deceased to India for his burial.

“As soon as this painful news arrived, immediate instructions were issued from President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Dr Muhammad Shtayyeh to all the security, police and public authorities,” it said.

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