Former foreign secretary and Ambassador to the US, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, has been appointed as India’s foreign minister, in what marks the first time a diplomat has been appointed as foreign minister without running for election.
Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who is not officially affiliated with any party, previously served as India’s ambassador to the United States, China and Singapore. During his time as ambassador to the US, under the Obama administration, he played an instrumental role in removing Modi's travel ban to the US.
Most recently he worked as the foreign secretary under the previous Modi administration.
During his early diplomatic career Subrahmanyam served as first secretary and political advisor to the Indian Peacekeeping Forces (IPKF) in Sri Lanka, from 1988-1990.
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