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S Jaishankar one of the world's best diplomats say US experts

  • Some of the former top US diplomats and foreign policy experts have hailed the appointment of S Jaishankar as the new External Affairs Minister and have exuded confidence that US-India ties will improve under him.
  • 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.
  • He is a seasoned and skilled diplomat, and his depth of experience as a global strategist has made him a key figure in the development of India's foreign policy.
  • Jaishankar was India's longest-serving ambassador to China, with a four-and-a-half year term from June 2009 to December 2013. He was India's foreign secretary from 2015-2018.
  • A 1977-batch IFS officer, Jaishankar played a key role in resolving the crisis following the incursion in Ladakh's Depsang and the Doklam stand-off, handling the tough negotiations with Beijing.
  • Jaishankar, considered an expert on China and the US, was a key member of the Indian team which negotiated the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal. The deal, initiated in 2005, took several years to craft, and was signed by PM

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