Sanjiv Arora, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, was on 31 October 2016 appointed as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Lebanon by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanese Republic, is a sovereign state in Western Asia.
He is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
About Sanjiv Arora
• Prior to this appointment, he was serving as India's Ambassador to Qatar.
• He has served in various capacities in India’s diplomatic missions in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Germany and Czech Republic.
• He was Desk Officer for Sri Lanka during 1991-1994 in Union Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
• He also served as the Head of United Nations (Political) Division in Ministry of External Affairs from 2005-08.
• He was also the Union Government's nodal official for UN General Assembly (UNGA) Sessions.
• He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1984.
• He is an Associate of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore and a Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies (APCSS), Honolulu.
• India and Lebanon enjoy traditionally friendly relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1954.
• Both countries have many things in common including a democratic, parliamentary system of government based on a written constitution, certain basic freedoms and human rights.
• Both countries have cooperated closely on various issues of mutual interest during their overlap in 2010 as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Who: Sanjiv Arora
When: 31 October 2016