New Delhi: Journalist-turned-politician MJ Akbar today assumed charge as Minister of State for External Affairs. He met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at her residence before taking the charge. Mr Akbar is the second Minister of State in the External Affairs Ministry after VK Singh.
“A welcome addition to MEA as @mjakbar takes charge as Minister of State (External Affairs),” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with a photograph of Mr Akbar taking charge.
The 65-year-old, who was recently elected to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh, is seen as an articulate and modern Muslim voice in BJP. aHe was a party spokesperson and has often spoken on the government’s foreign policies.