S Jaishankar takes charge ​replacing Sujatha Singh as new foreign secretary

New foreign secretary S Jaishankar assumed charge on Thursday, ​ replacing Sujatha Singh whose tenure was abruptly “curtailed” late on Wednesday night.

“Government’s priorities are my priorities,” on  dodging media queries on prioritiessaid Jaishankar, a 1977-batch IFS officer, describing his new position as an “honour and a big responsibility”.

This surprise announcement was made after a meeting of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Singh’s two-year tenure was to end in August this year.

A late night official announcement said, “curtailment of tenure of Ms Sujatha Singh, IFS batch 1976 as FS with immediate effect”.

“Appointment of S Jaishankar, IFS batch 1977, as Foreign Secretary vice MS Sujatha Singh with a tenure of two years from the date of assumption of charge or until further orders, whichever is earlier, in keeping with the provisions of FR-56(D),” the announcement said.