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s-jaishankarSubrahmanyam Jaishankar on Thursday took charge as India’s new Foreign Secretary. Jaishankar replaced Sujatha Singh whose tenure was abruptly curtailed by the government late last night.

The decision to appoint Jaishankar was taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Talking to reporters after assuming the charge, the 1977-batch IFS officer described his new position as a big responsibility. Sujatha Singh was not present when Jaishankar took charge at the South Block office. As per rules, he will have a two-year tenure.

Before his appointment as Foreign Secretary, the diplomat was India’s Ambassador to the United States.

Jaishankar was a key member of the Indian team which negotiated the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal. Mr Jaishankar played a key role during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in September and US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to India. He had also served as Ambassador to China, Singapore and Czech Republic.

Sujatha Singh had taken over as the third woman Foreign Secretary in August, 2013 and had nearly seven more months to serve.

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