New External Affairs Minister to follow Sushma Swaraj’s footsteps

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New Delhi: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said he will follow footsteps of Sushma Swaraj while discharging responsibility as the External Affairs Minister in Modi dispensation.

Jaishankar, who served as the Foreign Secretary from 2015-2018, was the surprise entrant into the Modi Cabinet.

Taking to his twitter handle he posted his first comments after assuming charge as External Affairs Minister and thanked Swaraj saying he is honoured to follow the footsteps of the former minister.

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Jaishankar has served as the Indian Ambassador to the United States, China, and the Czech Republic, and as High Commissioner to Singapore (2007–09).

He is considered as the architect of Modi’s foreign policy and managed Prime Minister’s magnificent Madison Square Garden event in the US that was attended by over 18,000 people.

He also steered India’s policy through the Doklam standoff with China, which many believe that if it was not handled properly the situation would have flared up into a military conflict.

Jaishankar was conferred with Padma Shri this year, the fourth-highest civilian award of the country.

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