New Delhi: Veteran diplomat Shyam Saran unexpectedly resigned as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s special envoy on two key areas.
The “special envoy of the Prime Minister for Indo-US nuclear issues and for climate change, has been permitted to demit office with effect from14 March” , said a press release issued by the prime minister’s office, without giving any reason for his departure.
Moving out: Shyam Saran has given no reason for quitting. Rajkumar / Mint
The move came after Shiv Shankar Menon’s appointment as national security adviser with the rank of minister of state, following his retirement as foreign secretary.
Saran, Menon’s predecessor as foreign secretary, had been appointed as special envoy during the turbulent days of the negotiations on the Indo-US civilian nuclear energy deal and later on climate change.
“Yes, I have quit. I had been thinking about it for quite some time. March 14th will be my last day in office,” Saran told ‘PTI’. Asked if he was taking up any new assignment, he replied in the negative.
Following Menon’s appointment as national security adviser, there were reports that he was unhappy and that he could also be given minister of state status. There were also reports that in the run-up to the climate change summit in Copenhagen last year, Saran had some differences with environment minister Jairam Ramesh.
Saran was said to have been opposed to India announcing any volunary cut in carbon emissions ahead of the Copenhagen summit.