Victoria, February 23, 2017.
Indian Foreign Service Diplomat Ausaf Sayeed is the new High Commissioner of India to Seychelles. He presented his his letter of accreditation to Seychelles’ President Danny Faure at State House on Tuesday.
“It is very important that we work together to ensure that we utilise the resources of the ocean in a manner which leads to sustainable development because both of our countries have commitments towards climate change,” Sayeed told a news agency here. He emphasised to work together to make the Indian Ocean a zone of peace, security and stability. “We [need to] develop understanding with all ocean-based nations so as to keep this region free from piracy, poaching and conflicts.”, he said while speaking to Talking on the Indian Ocean RIM Association.
Sayeed holds a Master of Science and a Ph.D in Geology from the Osmania University in Hyderabad, India and an Advanced Diploma in Arabic from the American University in Cairo. He is the recipient of the Shri Y.G.K.Murthy Gold Medal from Osmania University.
Sayeed is a career diplomat of Indian Foreign Service (IFS), 1989 Batch. He has worked as Consul General of India in Chicago since August 2013. Earlier he was Ambassador of India in Yemen from September 2010 to July 2013. Ausaf Sayeed has ‘Hadhrami’ tribe origin in Yemen. Sayeed also served as Joint Secretary (West Africa) in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (August 2008 to August 2010), Consul General of India in Jeddah (August 2004 to July 2008) and Counsellor in the Embassy of India, Denmark (October 2001 to August 2004). He has also served in various capacities in the Indian diplomatic missions in Doha, Riyadh, Jeddah and Cairo, besides serving as Regional Passport Officer in Hyderabad.