Indian VP honors envoy for excellence in foreign service

Updated 08 March 2014
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Indian VP honors envoy for excellence in foreign service

Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari presented the 3rd S. K. Singh award for excellence in Indian Foreign Service to Sibi George, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of India in Riyadh.
Surinder Bhagat, embassy spokesperson, told Arab News on Friday that George was given the award for excellence in foreign services at a function in New Delhi on Thursday evening.
The vice president congratulated George for the outstanding services he rendered to Indian compatriots in the Kingdom.
Ansari himself had served as the Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia before his elevation to the post of vice-president.
The award is named after the former Foreign Secretary and Governor Shailendra Kumar Singh, a diplomat widely respected within the IFS community for his acumen, professionalism and leadership.
S. K. Singh memorial trust led by Manju Singhi has instituted this award to recognize exceptional work in the field of diplomacy.
George, the 1993 batch IFS officer has been recognized for rendering outstanding services to the Indian community during Saudi campaign on illegal expatriates. His achievements attain more importance given the difficult situation during the grace period.
Expressing his happiness over the recognition, George told Arab News over the telephone, “While this award acknowledges the good work by the recipient, it is also meant to inspire others to excel in the line of duty.”
Senior Indian diplomat D. Bala Venkatesh Varma, a key member of the negotiating team that saw the Indo-US nuclear deal through, was the first recipient of the award “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen India’s position in the global nuclear order”.


Finance Minister Al-Jadaan leads Saudi delegation at Arab economic summit

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Finance Minister Al-Jadaan leads Saudi delegation at Arab economic summit

  • Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari received the minister

JEDDAH: Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan arrived in Beirut on Saturday to lead the Saudi delegation at an Arab economic summit. 

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari and other embassy officials received the minister.

The meeting is the first economic and development summit to be held since 2013, and comes as Syria, Yemen and Libya remain gripped by violence and Iraq confronts a massive reconstruction challenge after its costly victory over Daesh.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said nearly half of all refugees “come from our Arab world.”

Lebanon is home to some 1 million Syrian refugees, or a quarter of the country’s population.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun told the opening session that Lebanon is overwhelmed by the presence of Syrian and Palestinian refugees, who make about half the population of the tiny country, which is struggling with an economic crisis.