External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to attend Commonwealth Foreign Ministers' meet in London today
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is likely to meet his British counterpart Jeremey Hunt among other foreign ministers during the 19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers' Meeting in London.
His remarks came at a joint press conference with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, who had earlier said that India has a certain perspective on Iran.
Pakistan's large-scale terrorism industry prevents it from behaving like 'normal neighbour': Jaishankar
The former diplomat-turned-minister highlighted that while India has offered Pakistan a Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status in favour of non-discriminatory trade, Pakistan has failed to reciprocate.
Jaishankar added that the Ministry would continue its work on the further simplification of the rules and process for issuing passports without compromising the legitimate security concerns.
Jaishankar, a career diplomat and former foreign secretary, was inducted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his government and given the high profile ministry in a surprise development.
He was sworn in as a Cabinet minister along with other members of the government on May 30.
Ahead of India visit, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes congratulatory call to EAM S Jaishankar
Pompeo, who will be visiting India from June 25-27, spoke with Jaishankar to congratulate the External Affairs Minister on his appointment, State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said.
Addressing the fifth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit in the Tajik capital, Jaishankar said that the CICA members are the victims of terrorism.
Earlier, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan posted a tweet congratulating Swaraj on 'her appointment'.
Jaishankar, 64, known for his skillful diplomacy, tough negotiating tactics and strategic vision, has served as the Indian ambassador to the US from 2013-2015.
Jaishankar, who assumed charge on May 30, arrived for a day-long visit to Bhutan on Friday during his first overseas trip to the country after assuming charge of the ministry.
Jaishankar also said India will aim to enhance regional cooperation under the BIMSTEC grouping as there have been certain problems with SAARC.
The draft national education policy recommends a range of reform measures and favoured the teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.
The 64-year-old former foreign secretary also said he was honoured to be given the new responsibility.
Swaraj, 66, became the External Affairs Minister in 2014 when Modi's first cabinet was sworn-in on May 26.