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Personally informed Sujatha about new FS appointment: Sushma Swaraj

The sacking of Singh has come under criticism from Congress.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi |
Updated: January 29, 2015 9:31:27 pm
Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and India's Ambassador to the US, S Jaishankar during a ceremonial reception to US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday. (Source: PTI Photo) Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and India’s Ambassador to the US, S Jaishankar during a ceremonial reception to US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday. (Source: PTI Photo)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday night said she had personally communicated to Sujatha Singh the government’s decision to appoint S Jaishankar as the new Foreign Secretary.

Swaraj’s comment came in the backdrop of reports that she was not in the loop over government’s decision to abruptly “curtail” Singh’s tenure nearly seven months before it was to end.

“I told her that the Government wanted to appoint Dr Jaishankar as Foreign Secretary,” Swaraj said in a tweet adding, “Then I spoke to Sujatha Singh personally.”

Defending the government’s decision to appoint Jaishankar in such a sudden manner, Swaraj said, “Since Dr Jaishankar was retiring on January 31st, we had to issue orders of his appointment before that date.”

Jaishankar, Ambassador to the US, was appointed last night as the new Foreign Secretary in a surprise decision by the Union Cabinet’s Appointment Committee, which is headed by the Prime Minister.

The 1977-batch IFS officer who had only two days to go for his retirement will have a two-year tenure as per the rules.

The sacking of Singh has come under criticism from Congress.

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