Mukul Arya, India's representative in Palestine, found dead inside embassy, cause unknown
The Palestinian foreign ministry said it received with "great astonishment and shock" the news of the death of Ambassador Arya. It was not immediately known how Arya, a 2008-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, died.
Mukul Arya, India's representative at the Palestinian city of Ramallah, was found dead on the office premises on Sunday. The news was first shared by external affairs minister S Jaishankar who expressed shock at the sudden demise of the Indian diplomat. The cause of his death remains unknown. "Deeply shocked to learn about the passing away of India's Representative at Ramallah, Shri Mukul Arya," Jaishankar tweeted.
"He was a bright and talented officer with so much before him. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Om Shanti," he said.
The Palestinian foreign ministry said it received with "great astonishment and shock" the news of the death of Ambassador Arya. "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," it said in a statement.
“All parties are fully prepared to do what is required of them in such difficult and emergency circumstances,” it added.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants expresses its deep sadness, loss and pain at the death of Ambassador Arya," it said.
The ministry said it is in touch with India's external affairs ministry to complete the arrangements for transporting the mortal remains of Arya.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki extended his heartfelt condolences to his Indian counterpart Jaishankar, and through him to the Indian government as well as to Arya's family.
A 2008-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Arya had served in the Indian embassies in Kabul, Moscow. He had worked in the ministry office in New 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 PTI inputs)