Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has congratulated Indian’s new External Minister S. Jaishankar and said New Delhi’s former envoy to Beijing has done good to Sino-India ties…writes GAURAV SHARMA

New Delhi: S. Jaishankar takes charge as the Union Minister for External Affairs at South Block, in New Delhi on May 31, 2019. (Photo: IANS) by .
S. Jaishankar takes charge as the Union Minister for External Affairs at South Block, in New Delhi.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Wang had sent a congratulatory message to Jaishankar who was surprisingly inducted as the Foreign Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new government.

Jaishankar has also served as India’s Foreign Secretary, the country’s top diplomatic post.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said as India’s top diplomat and envoy to China, Jaishankar “made positive contributions to the development of Sino-Indian relations”.

“China is willing to work with India to implement the consensus of the leaders of the two countries and promote new progress in China-India relations and pragmatic cooperation in various fields to better serve the two peoples.”

Mandarin speaker, Jaishankar served as India’s envoy to Beijing from 2009 to 2013.

He is said to have played an instrumental role in resolving the military stand-off between both the countries in Doklam in 2017.

Proud to follow in Sushma Swaraj’s footsteps: Jaishankar

New External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar assumed charge and said he was proud to follow in the footsteps of Sushma Swaraj, who has been seen as one of the most approachable ministers at the MEA’s helm. Jaishankar sad he and his team will be available to help people anytime.

Jaishankar also thanked everyone for their good wishes.

“Thank you all for the best wishes! Honoured to be given this responsibility. Proud to follow on the footsteps of @SushmaSwarajji,” he tweeted.

Sushma Swaraj was known for constantly solving common man’s problems, always available on Twitter.

Jaishankar has previously served as Foreign Secretary from 2015-2018 and was appointed as Minister of External Affairs in the newly formed BJP-led NDA government.

“We at Team @MEAIndia continue to be at your service 24×7. Happy to be leading the effort with my colleague MoS Muraleedharanji,” he said.

Jaishankar’s “always available” tweet came a day after his son Dhruva Jaishankar attracted attention with his reply on a tweet seeking help with a passport or visa.

Dhruva has received a request regarding help with visa or passport. Replying to the tweet, he said: “Dude. Wrong Twitter handle.”

“Before anyone asks, I can absolutely not help anyone with their passport, visa, or getting-you-out-of-a-foreign-prison problems,” he added.

“I have plenty of those problems myself (other than the prisons – I try to stay clear of those).”

The tweet was later deleted by the twitter user, though the replies by Dhruva stand on the micro blogging site.



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