New Delhi, June 1 (GCCurrentAffairs) New External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, who has been Twitter shy so far, on Saturday pledged to “follow” on the footsteps of his predecessor Sushma Swaraj.
“My first tweet. Thank you all for the best wishes. Honoured to be given this responsibility. Proud to follow on the footsteps of Sushma Swaraj ji,” Dr Jaishankar tweeted.
In another missive in the social networking site, he wrote: “We at Team MEA India continue to be at your service 24×7. Happy to be leading the effort with my colleague MoS Muraleedharan ji”.
Dr Jaishankar’s Twitter account profile shows he had joined the popular micro blogging site way back in May 2017, but surprisingly his first missive came only on Saturday – a day after he took charge as the country’s new External Affairs Minister.
A former Foreign Secretary and an able hand in Indo-US relations, Dr Jaishankar was a ‘surprise pack’ in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new team of council of ministers.
Dr Jaishankar replaces senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, who did not contest Lok Sabha elections this year, owing to her ill health.
In December 2016, Sushma Swaraj was listed among 100 leading global thinkers for the year 2016 by a leading international magazine for ‘fashioning a novel brand of Twitter diplomacy’. The honour came from reputed periodical ‘Foreign Policy’.
In June 26, 2017, Prime Minister Modi had lauded Ms Swaraj for giving ‘human face’ to diplomacy and had said that the latter’s effective use of social networking can be linked to ‘good governance’