New Delhi/Mumbai: Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmed Javed has been appointed new ambassador to Saudi Arabia.The official announcement of Javed's appointment comes a ahead of a possible visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in January.
"A 1980-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Javed is expected to take up his assignment shortly," said India's External Affairs Ministry in a statement.
The post has been lying vacant since April.
The mission in Saudi Arabia is critical for India with the presence of a huge Indian workforce, security situation emanating from regional conflicts, energy security, business as well as growing cooperation in the fields of defense and counter terrorism.
"The huge Indian diaspora, whose number currently exceeds about 2.9 million in Saudi Arabia, are eagerly waiting for the arrival of the new ambassador," said Hemant Kotalwar, charge d'affaires at the Indian Embassy.
Ahmed Javed served as Superintendent of Police in Buldhana and Nanded before being posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police, Intelligence, in Mumbai. He then served in various postings, including a stint with the Delhi Police between 1983 and 1985.
He returned to Mumbai in the early 2000s, serving as Additional Commissioner of Police of the Central Region and then the South Region, before being promoted as Joint Commissioner of Police, Law and Order. Set to retire from police service in January, Javed served in this key post from 2002 to 2005.
Ahmad Javed comes from Lucknow. His father Qazi Mukhtar is a retired senior IAS officer. Ahmed Javed, a graduate in Bachelors in Arts from Delhi’s St Stephen’s College, has had the distinction to win many awards including "Police Medal for Meritorious Services."