Mumbai top cop Ahmed Javed is new Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia

New Delhi: Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmed Javed has been appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, which has a 2.8 million-strong Indian community.

The Ministry of External Affairs said Javed is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

 Mumbai top cop Ahmed Javed is new Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Javed. PTI

The post of Ambassador in Indian Embassy in Riyadh has been lying vacant since April.

Relations between India and Saudi Arabia witnessed some strain after a Saudi diplomat was charged with confinement and rape of two Nepalese women in September. The diplomat later left India.

From trading point of view, Saudi Arabia is a crucial country for India.

The import of crude oil by India forms a major component of bilateral trade with the Gulf nation which is India's largest supplier of crude oil.

The Indian community in Saudi Arabia is the largest expatriate community in the Kingdom.

IPS officer Julio Ribeiro, who was Mumbai's police commissioner from 1982 to 1985, also served as Indian Ambassador to Romania.

PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 11, 2015 22:21:41 IST