‘Proud to follow Sushma Swaraj’s footsteps,’ says new EAM Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

Engaging on Twitter for the first time, newly appointed External Affairs Minister (EAM) Subrahmanyam Jaishankar today said that he is honoured to be given the responsibility.

“My first tweet. Thank you all for the best wishes! Honoured to be given this responsibility. Proud to follow on the footsteps of @SushmaSwaraj ji,” Jaishankar’s first tweet read.

Jaishankar pledged to follow the precedent set by her, and tweeted, “We at Team @MEAIndia continue to be at your service 24×7. Happy to be leading the effort with my colleague MoS Muraleedharan ji.”

A surprise addition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest Union Cabinet, the former Foreign Secretary succeeds Swaraj in helming the Ministry of External Affairs for the next five years under the NDA government.

Sushma Swaraj was much-loved by people for being one of the most approachable ministers, known for hearing out and solving grievances on Twitter.

Jaishankar  went on to express his gratitude for the wishes extended by his counterparts from Australia, France and Indonesia, who tweeted their greetings for the former top diplomat.

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