S Jaishankar replaces Sujatha Singh, assumes Charge as New Foreign Secretary


New Delhi, Jan 29: The government appointed S Jaishankar as the new foreign secretary replacing Sujatha Singh, who resigned from her job 7 months before her retirement.

The 1977 batch IFS officer assumed the charge today. He was due to retire on Jan 31. However, the government wanted to retain him with big responsibility.

He was India's ambassador to the US. It is being reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was impressed by his style of work during his visit to the US in last September. He also takes the credit for handling the US-India relationship in a positive manner after Devyani Khobragade controversy.

After assuming the charge as the new foreign secretary on Thursday, Jaishankar said that he was honoured to be assigned the big responsibility and the government's priorities are his priorities.

Sujatha's resignation and the sudden appointment of the new foreign secretary came as a surprise to all. The 1976 batch IFS officer Sujatha was due to retired in August this year.

The development came a day after US President Barack Obama's three-day visit to India concluded on Tuesday.

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