India’s envoy to Palestine, Mukul Arya passes away at Ramallah

India’s Representative at Ramallah, Mukul Arya, was found dead inside the Indian embassy in Palestine, local media reported on Sunday.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that expressed deep shock over the passing away of Mukul Arya.

“Deeply shocked to learn about the passing away of India’s Representative at Ramallah, Shri 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,” Jaishankar tweeted.

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. The cause of death of the Indian officer has not been revealed yet.

“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.”

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

(With inputs from agencies)