New Delhi: S Jaishankar on Thursday assumed charge as the new foreign secretary, replacing Sujatha Singh. The government replaced Sujatha Singh about seven months before her tenure came to an end. According to Sources, Jaishankar was chosen for his role in rebuilding India-U.S. ties after the Devyani Khobragade incident, capped by the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to New Delhi this week about seven months .
Jaishankar said he was really honoured to be assigned with this ‘ big ‘ responsibilities. Diplomats, who are preferred not to state their name stated, Jaishankar is respected for his achievements in service. The Foreign Secretary humblely said,” Govermnent’s priorities are my priorities .”
Appointment of S Jaishankar, IFS batch 1977, as Foreign Secretary vice MS Sujatha Singh with a tenure of two years from the date of assumption of charge or until further orders, whichever is earlier, in keeping with the provisions of FR-56(D),” the announcement said. Jaishankar was one of the Key official who negotiated the nuclear deal with the US as Joint Secretary from 2004 to 2007 in the External Affairs.