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The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley and the Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Mr. Hekmat Khalil Karzai at a joint press conference, during the Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference, in Amritsar, Punjab on December 04, 2016. The Foreign Secretary, Dr. S. Jaishankar is also seen.(PIB Photo)

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar Gets One More Year of Extension

Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar has been given an extension of tenure by one more year by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Monday. He was scheduled to retire on January 28, after serving already on a two-year extension of service.

In a statement, the government said Jaishankar’s term has been extended from 29th January 2017 to 28th January 2018. A blued-eyed boy of both Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi governments, Jaishankar, a 1977-batch IFS officer, is known more for his workholic nature and serving throughout the night when in demand.

He was appointed Foreign Secretary on 29 January 2015, a couple of days before his retirement, replacing incumbent Sujatha Singh, who resigned in protest. Jaishankar worked in Japan, China, the US and his understanding of the work ins within the corridors of power are well-known.

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