Damascus – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs & Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic, Walid al Moallem received Ambassador Dr. Hifzur Rahman, in his office today and accepted a copy of his Credential as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to the Syrian Arab Republic.
Dr. Hifzur Rahman Azmi has served as a diplomat in the Embassy of India in Riyadh from September 2014 to March 2019. As First Secretary, he held the charge of Political Affairs, Information and Culture. He also headed the Education Wing of the Mission and supervised the functioning of ten International Indian Schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Previously, he held the charge of Head of Chancery, Commercial and Consular Officer in the Embassy of India, Tunis, from August 2011 to August 2014.
Earlier, he served in the Embassy of India, Riyadh as the Head of the Press, Information and Cultural Wing from October 2007 to July 2011.
In his first diplomatic assignment abroad, he had worked as Consul for Education, Culture, Hajj and Administration Affairs in the Consulate General of India at Jeddah from 2002 – 2005. He joined the Indian Foreign Ministry in June 2001.
He was born in District Azamgarh in North India in March 1967. He graduated from Al-Islah College in 1987, then joined Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and obtained Degrees of BA (Honors) in History, Arabic and English literature; Masters, and then Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Arabic Language & Literature. He also obtained Diploma of Higher Studies in Journalism. For his outstanding academic performance, he was awarded (1) King Faisal Gold Medal and (2) Shah Waliullah Gold Medal in 1990 and 1992 respectively at Jamia Millia Islamia. In 1991, he was qualified the National Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship Exams of the Universities Grants Commission (UGC).
He has several publications to his credit in English, Urdu and Arabic languages, which include:
1. “India’s role in the propagation of Arab heritage”, published by Al-Majalla, Riyadh, in March 2011
2. “Social trends in Saudi novels”, published by Dar Jadawal, Beirut, in May 2011;
3. “Shamm e Sukhan”, a literary commentary on Urdu poetry, published in 2005.
As official Interpreter of the Government of India, Dr. Rahman has the privilege of traveling to a number of countries around the world and meeting the Heads of States and Governments as part of the delegations led by Hon’ble President, Vice President, Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister of India.