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India’s ex-Foreign Secretary is External Affairs Minister

Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar assumed office as India’s External Affairs Minister on May 31, after being sworn into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet.

He is a diplomat and had previously served as India’s Foreign Secretary from January 2015 to 2018. He is the first person to hold office as both Foreign Secretary and External Affairs Minister in India.

Dr. Jaishankar joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977 and started his career at the Indian Embassy in Moscow. Since then he has served in many countries including Sri Lanka during his long and illustrious career. He was India’s Ambassador to the United States, China, Czech Republic, and High Commissioner to Singapore and Deputy Ambassador to Japan.

He was involved in negotiating the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal and as India’s Foreign Secretary, he was responsible for implementing India’s policy of ‘neighbourhood-first’ and increased engagement with regional initiatives like BIMSTEC. He was instrumental in implementing India’s people-oriented development projects in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Jaishankar visited Sri Lanka several times during his stint as Foreign Secretary including with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to further boost the bilateral relationship between India and Sri Lanka.

In 2019, he was conferred with Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award of India. Dr. Jaishankar graduated from Delhi University’s presttigious St Stephen’s College and holds master’s degrees in political science and international relations.

He has a PhD in international relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University and speaks Russian, Hungarian and Japanese. His father K. Subrahmanyan was the author of India’s nuclear doctrine.


 

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