New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said he was honoured to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Sushma Swaraj, known to take to twitter to resolve problems of Indians in distress abroad.
In his first official Twitter post Jaishankar said, “My first tweet.Thank you all for the best wishes! Honoured to be given this responsibility.
Proud to follow on the footsteps of @SushmaSwaraj ji."
Jaishankar’s inclusion into the 58 member council of ministers headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi sworn in on Thursday was a major surprise with many speculating that he would be given the foreign, defence or trade portfolios.
On Friday, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said he was India’s new external affairs minister.
Though Jaishankar had opened a Twitter account in 2017 as foreign secretary and amassed more than 1,000 followers in the first 24 hours of starting the account, he had not posted a single tweet till Saturday.
“We at Team @MEAIndia continue to be at your service 24x7. Happy to be leading the effort with my colleague MoS Muraleedharan ji @VMBJP," Jaishankar said in another post.
Jaishankar also acknowledged the greetings sent to him by his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, Retno Marsudi of Indonesia and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne.
“Thank you for warm wishes @JY_LeDrian. Look forward to our phone call next week. Hope to meet you for #G7 preparations and taking bilateral ties forward," Jaishankar tweeted.
“Thank you @MarisePayne for your good wishes. Fully reciprocate your commitment and enthusiasm," he said in response to Payne’s greetings. Payne was re-appointed foreign minister of Australia after Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s surprise win in last month’s general elections.
“Thank you @Menlu_RI for your good wishes.
Confident our collaboration with realise shared objectives," Jaishankar said in response to his Indonesian counterpart’s greetings.