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Former Foreign Secy S Jaishankar in a new role

June 03, 2019 12:39 PM

Former Foreign Secretary Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar who took charge on Friday as India’s new External Affairs Minister in the Modi cabinet brings with him not only rich experience of a top diplomat who has served in key positions but also sharing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of pursuing India’s foreign policy to further the country’s national interests. Welcome back! We are proud to have Dr S Jaishankar as the new External Affairs Minister of India, tweeted External Affairs Ministry’s official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. Dr Jaishankar was welcomed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Mr Kumar when he reached the South Block office of the External Affairs Ministry later in the day. Soon after he took charge as External Affairs Minister, the official spokesperson tweeted: Back at the South Block, in a new role.

Prime Minister Modi sprang a surprise by including Dr Jaishankar as a Union Cabinet Minister in Thursday’s swearing in of his council of ministers for the second consecutive time after 2014. In handpicking Dr Jaishankar, Mr Modi has shown that the talent of the former foreign secretary was being recognized by the government. A career diplomat belonging to the 1977 batch of Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Dr Jaishankar served as India’s ambassador to the U.S. as well as China. Interestingly, he was also the choice of then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh as Foreign Secretary but the appointment could not materialize.

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